A longstanding Fulton County farm was recently presented a Hoosier Homestead award for being in operation for over 100 years, according to State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Logansport) and State Sen. Stacey Donato (R-Logansport).
Located in Rochester, the Harry Richter Farm has been in operation since 1920 and received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.
"It is a tremendous accomplishment for these farms to withstand the test of time and continue operating and serving their communities for a century," Manning said. "I am still active in my own family's farm, and I understand the grit and persistence it takes to push through unpredictable weather and other financial challenges that can come with the profession."
The Richter family was among 51 farms recognized at the Indiana State Museum for their commitment to Indiana agriculture.
"Indiana is the eighth-largest agricultural exporter and tenth largest farming state in the nation because families like the Richters have made generational commitments to our land and to their fellow Hoosiers," Donato said. "Thank you to the Richter family for your contributions to our state and congratulations on reaching this historic milestone."
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 centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial awards.