Seven area farm families were recognized as "Century Farms" at the Iowa State Fair this year. These farm families are required to have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years or more to be recognized as a Century Farm.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized 345 Century and 69 Heritage Farm families during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair again this year.
"The Century and Heritage Farm program is a celebration of Iowa agriculture and the farm families who feed the world and care for the land. It is always a special privilege and a great joy to be able to honor these families who represent the rich legacy of Iowa Agriculture," Northey said.
Area farm families recognized at the Iowa State Fair include:
John and Colleen Nelson, Cylinder, Randy and Kim Jacobs, 1912-2012
Paulette S. Web, Graettinger, Stephanie S. Block and Suzanne R. Williamson, 1910-2012
Larry and Karen Fogarty, West Bend, 1908-2012
Lloyd and Mary Hanselman, Paul and Pat Hanselman, West Bend, 1899-2012
Joseph W. and Judith Kollasch, Whittemore, 1912-2012
Cletus W. Mosbach, Dennis M. Mosbach, Whittemore, 1908-2012
Marabeth Ostwald, Whittemore, 1912-2012
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has partnered with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation since 1976 to recognize families that have owned and worked a farm for 100 years or more. Including this year's recipients, now 17,486 farms from across the state have been recognized.
The Heritage Farm program was started in 2006, on the 30th anniversary of the Century Farm program, and now 583 farms have been recognized.
The 2012 Century and Heritage Farms Program ceremony was held at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Craig Hill, President of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, or Joe Heinrich, Vice President of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, joined Northey in recognizing the award recipients.
"The program acknowledges the deep roots of Iowa agriculture and the special bond that exists between Iowa families and the land they farm," Northey said. "The Iowa State Fair is a celebration of Iowa and Iowa Agriculture, so it's an ideal place to recognize the Century Farm and Heritage Farm recipients."