Two local farms receive awards

Program recognizes longstanding family operations

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Two local family farms have been recognized by the state for their long histories in Montgomery County.

The Chastain and Woody farms were presented with Hoosier Homestead awards Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

The Chastain farm was recognized for 150 years of ownership and the Woody farm was honored for a century of ownership.

Hoosier Homestead awards honor farms that have been kept in the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and have more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products every year.

Over 150 Indiana farms were recognized this year. A pair of farms in Fayette and Lawrence counties was honored for 200 years of ownership.

The coronavirus pandemic forced changes to the annual awards ceremony.

Instead of a group ceremony, individual families accepted their awards at the Statehouse. More families are set to be recognized on Aug. 7 in accordance with public health guidelines.

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