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Local families receive Hoosier Homestead award

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Today it is owned jointly between Linda, Curt, Kent and Janice, and Curt and Kent work on it. They’ve owned the property since 2011.

Farming done on the property includes hogs, corn and some hay.

For Curt, there are a lot of memories with the property. He can recall having family gatherings on the farm while he was being raised. They still have family gatherings there today, Curt said.

More than 500 people attended the presentation in the Farm Bureau Auditorium at the Indiana State Fair.

Similarly, there are a lot of memories that come with a farm located in Rochester. The farm, now owned by Lois and Stephen Rans, was purchased in 1906 by Harley and Etta Rans, Stephen’s grandparents.

His parents bought it from them in 1964. Stephen Rans grew up on the farm and has been farming since he was 13 years old, Lois Rans said.

Lois and Stephen Rans bought it in 1994. Today, they farm corn and soybeans, Lois Rans said.

“When he was growing up, there were a lot of memories,” Lois Rans said.

Lois recalls being a crop scout, and walking the fields to look for insects or diseases on the plants. She also ran equipment.

The couple has three daughters and expect they’ll keep the farm in the family name.

“They’re scattered all over the country, but it’s important to them too,” Lois said.

The Rans went to the celebration at the state fair and said it was nice to see other people go up. They were the only people from Fulton recognized.

“You could tell it meant a lot to the people,” Lois Rans said.

Two farming families from Carroll County were recognized. One farm in Bringhurst was purchased in 1905 by Dr. Frank P. and Julia Lyons. After Dr. Lyons passed away, the farm went to Esther Shanks and Millie Cromer before Mary and Joe Scott purchased it in 1979. Today, their son, Dean, and their grandson, Jordon, farm the land together.

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