Larry Kummer Receives Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award
Larry Kummer, Horizon Bank’s Market President for Northeast Indiana received the Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award at the Indiana State Fair on Friday, August 11, 2017. This award celebrates 100 years of homestead ownership.
In honor of Indiana's rich agricultural heritage, the Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same clan for more than 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year.
The 80 acre Kummer-Weicht, LLC Farmstead was started in 1917 by Larry’s Great Grandfather, William Weicht. The farm is located in Auburn Indiana in the exact center of Dekalb County. The original farmhouse was constructed from wood harvested on the property and was the first home in rural Dekalb County to have running water powered by a windmill in the 1900’s. Kummer and his son currently farm corn, soybeans and wheat but at one time it was also a cattle and hog farm.
“I purchased the homestead in 1982 with the goal of getting the Centennial Award. Keeping the homestead and having my family involved in agriculture was very important to me,” stated Kummer. “My children are very active with the farm and the plan is to keep the farm in the family for at least 7 generations.”
There are two Hoosier Homestead ceremonies each year. One is at the Indianapolis Statehouse in March and the other is during the state fair in August.
Indiana family farms may qualify for three honors:
• Centennial Award – 100 years of ownership;
• Sesquicentennial Award – 150 years of ownership; and
• Bicentennial Award – 200 years of ownership.
About Hoosier Homestead Award Program
The program was instituted in 1976 and recognizes the contributions these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. In the past 41 years, more than 5,000 farms have received the honor.
About Horizon Bank
Horizon Bancorp is a locally owned, independent, commercial bank holding company serving Northern and Central Indiana and Southwest and Central Michigan and Central Ohio. Horizon also offers mortgage-banking services throughout the Midwest. Horizon Bancorp may be reached online at www.horizonbank.com. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol HBNC.
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