The Burger family farm of Howe, F.B.I Farms Inc., was presented with the Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award Tuesday at the Indiana State Fair for being committed to Indiana agriculture since 1881.
Hoosier Homestead awards were presented to the recipients by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney. State Representative Denny Zent (R-Angola) also congratulated the Burger family at the ceremony.
Fifty-five farms like F.B.I Farms Inc. were recognized for being centennial, sesquicentennial, and bicentennial by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Farms must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of farming yield every year.
“This program was established in 1976 to recognize the heritage of farming in Indiana and how Hoosier family farms have been passed down from generation to generation,” said Lt. Gov. Ellspermann. “I salute our Hoosier farmers for being part of our state’s legacy – but more importantly, a vital part of our state’s future.”
“Families celebrated here today remind us of what makes Indiana agriculture great,” said Director McKinney. “Agriculture is not solely about producing food, fiber, and fuel for a growing population. It is also about preserving a way of life that values hard work, integrity and community.”
“Agriculture has always been the foundation of Indiana’s economy,” said Rep. Zent. “The longevity of this farm is special because it symbolizes a family who has passed down their heritage and way of life over several generations.”