State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates the Hanson-Strietelmeier family for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.This program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. The Hanson & Strietelmeier Farm, located in Putnam County, has been in operation since 1856 and received the sesquicentennial award for over 150 years of ownership.In 1976, the program was first established to acknowledge Indiana’s farming families that have made contributions to the economy, culture and the state’s overall advancement. Since the program’s inception, roughly 5,000 farms have been recognized for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.