Applications accepted for 'century farms'Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more are encouraged to apply for the 2009 Century Farm Program.
Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more are encouraged to apply for the 2009 Century Farm Program. The Century Farm Program recognizes family farms according to three qualifications. The farm must be: 1) at least 100 years old according to authentic land records; 2) in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required); and 3) at least 50 acres.
Since its inception in 1976, more than 8,700 Minnesota farms have been designated Century Farms. A Century Farm database is available at www.fbmn. org.
A commemorative certificate signed by State Fair President Bob Lake, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap and Governor Tim Pawlenty will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Century Farm recognition.
Information on all Century Farm families will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. Applications are available online at www.mnstatefair.org (click the “Recognition Programs” link at the bottom of the home page); at www.fbmn. org; by calling the State Fair at (651) 288-4481; or at statewide county extension and county Farm Bureau offices.
The application deadline is April 1. Send to the Minnesota State Fair, attn: Century Farms. Recipients will be announced at the beginning of June. Previously recognized families should not reapply.