Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2018 century farm program. Produced by the Minnesota state fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, the century farm program was created to promote agriculture and honor historic family farms in the state.
More than 10,000 Minnesota farms have been honored since the program began in 1976. Family farms are recognized as a century farm when three requirements are met.
The farm must be:
• At least 100 years old according to authentic land records
• In continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required).
• At least 50 acres and currently be involved in agricultural production.
A commemorative certificate signed by Paul Merkins, state fair board of managers president, Kevin Paap, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation president and Governor Mark Dayton will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying century farm status.
Applications are available online at mnstatefair.org and at fbmn.org, by calling the state fair at (651) 288-4400 or at statewide county extension and county Farm Bureau offices.
The submission deadline is April 2. Recipients will be announced in May.
Previously recognized families should not reapply. Information on the century farm program will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2018 Minnesota state fair.
A century farm database is also available on the Minnesota Farm Bureau Web site.
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