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[r29] Column: Local family honored as leader in Hoosier agriculture
Start Date: 8/8/2014 All Day
End Date: 8/8/2014
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Local family honored as leader in Hoosier agriculture

This week, I had the privilege of attending the Hoosier Homestead Awards ceremony in the Farm Bureau Building at the state fairgrounds. For anyone not familiar with the award, it was created back in 1976 to honor Indiana’s farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. This level of devotion and commitment is incredible, and I am always amazed by how many families we have in Indiana that have passed down their farming traditions from one generation to the next, like the Davis family.

I have known the Davis family for over 40 years, and I'm sure you know them as well. Phyllis and Bob Davis both served and worked in the county’s Treasurer’s Office, and you have probably seen Phyllis playing the piano at the Queens Contest or somewhere around town. The Davis' only son Sid has played a big role in taking care of the farm throughout the years. Another way you might know him is by visiting the Noblesville Miniature Golf Course and batting cages, which he has operated for years. You can also find Phyllis there every day as well.

Since 1914, they have owned and operated the Davis Farm in Noblesville, and if you have ever driven down Westfield Rd., I guarantee you have seen it. I was honored to join Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in presenting them with the Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award, which means the farm has been in their family for at least 100 years. 

Our community is grateful for their hard work as well as every Hoosier farmer for their dedication to Indiana agriculture. After so many years of success in this industry, I wish the Davis family, and other farming families, continued prosperity and bountiful harvests for years to come.

Two Hoosier Homestead Award ceremonies are held every year, and the next will be at the Indiana Statehouse in February. For more information or if you know someone in our community and would like to nominate them, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337. You can also find pictures and information on the families who have received the award during previous ceremonies held.

You might find it hard to believe, especially with the growth of Hamilton County, but the farming community has a long tradition here. In fact, the northern part of the county still is generally farm ground. For years, farming families have developed and strengthened Indiana’s legacy as a leader in agriculture, and since the Hoosier Homestead Awards first began, about 5,000 farms statewide have been recognized for their devotion to farming. 

Actually, 83 percent of Indiana’s land is devoted to farms and forests, which is 23.3 million acres total, and roughly 245,000 jobs are supported by Hoosier agriculture. With $11.2 billion of revenue generate by agricultural products sold, not only is the industry vital to our state and local economy, but also to providing nutrition and sustenance to countless families across Indiana.

If you have ever been to the farmer’s market downtown, you already know that our local farmers grow some of the most incredible food around the state. If you read my column, you know that I’m a big fan of the farmer’s market, and if you are running errands downtown, this or any other Saturday, make sure you don’t leave before stopping by and picking up some freshly baked goods and other delicious foods they offer. Remember, you are supporting the local farmers in our community as well.

Without the hard work and devotion of Indiana’s farmers, our state could not be successful. I applaud the Davis family as well as the other families who received the Hoosier Homestead Awards for carrying on Indiana’s legacy as an agriculture state. Our community and state owes you a debt of gratitude.

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Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville)
Contact Information:
Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-232-9831
Email: ben.gavelek@iga.in.gov
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