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State Salutes Its Oldest Family Farms

3/22/2013


Members of Delaware County's Reed and Richman families receive congratulations from Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann (back to camera) on their farm's 158 years in business. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

Indiana is honoring 50 of its oldest farms.

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The twice-yearly Hoosier Homestead Awards celebrate family farms which have stayed in operation for more than a century. Five of this year's honorees celebrated their centennials last year -- and a farm in Liberty marked its bicentennial. Doug Swafford's family began working the land four years before Indiana became a state.

More than 4,000 Hoosier farms have been honored since Governor Otis Bowen began the awards in 1976.

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