Area farm families honored at Statehouse

Local family farms were recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 100 years or more.

The Robert and Barbara Pruitt Farm, located in Edinburgh and in operation since 1919, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award. The Franke-Thompson Farm, located in Columbus and in operation since 1898, also received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. Families can qualify for the centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial award.

“These families have given numerous years of their lives to running their farms through generations,” said State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus). “Dedication and perseverance are critical to the success of any farming operation. Bartholomew County family farms continue to positively impact our community, and I wish them success for the next 100 years.”

“Sustaining a family farm for this long is a tremendous feat,” said State Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus). “These families are an example to all Hoosiers for their diligence, and I’m proud to congratulate them on this achievement.”

For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit