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State Fair and Farm Bureau accepting Century Farm applications until April 1

Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more are encouraged to apply for the 2011 Century Farm Program. More than 9,000 Minnesota farms have been honored since the program began in 1976.

Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more are encouraged to apply for the 2011 Century Farm Program. More than 9,000 Minnesota farms have been honored since the program began in 1976.

Family farms are recognized as Century Farms when they meet three requirements. 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.

A commemorative certificate signed by State Fair President Denny Baker, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap 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 (click the "Recognition Programs" link at the bottom of the home page); 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 1. Recipients will be announced in May. Previously recognized families should not reapply.

Information on all Century Farms will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2011 Minnesota State Fair, which runs August 25 through Labor Day, September 5. A Century Farm database is also available at fbmn.org.

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