Statement issued Friday:
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and Indiana Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay recently presented the Bultemeier family with a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their more than 100 year commitment to Indiana agriculture. In 1909 the farm was established in Decatur inside Allen County.
"Every year I am so proud to meet our Hoosier Homestead winners. They pass on so much more than just the family farm to each generation. They pass on a work ethic and perseverance that has sustained their families in good times and bad for more than 100 years. That type of work ethic is why agriculture will always be a part of the fabric of Indiana," said Lt. Governor Skillman.
"The Hoosier Homestead ceremony is an important opportunity to publicly recognize the Hoosier farm families who have contributed so much to our state's heritage in agriculture," said Indiana Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay. "It is these faces and the businesses that they represent who have put food on the table for generations of Hoosiers to ensure the physical and economic well-being of Indiana."
The Bultemeier family joins more than 4,500 Hoosier Homestead farms. To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year.