Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is reminding eligible farm owners that the deadline to apply for the 2016 Century Farm and Heritage Farm Program is June 1, 2016. The program recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.
“The application deadline for families with a Century or Heritage Farm is quickly approaching and I hope those with an eligible farm will take the time to apply,” Northey says. “This program is a great way to highlight the deep history and strong heritage of agriculture in our state.” Farm families with a Century or Heritage Farm must submit an application to the Iowa Department of Agriculture no later than June 1, 2016 to qualify for recognition at the Iowa State Fair this year.
Applications available from Iowa Department of Agriculture
Applications are available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at IowaAgriculture.gov. Click on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Hot Topics.”
Applications may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program via phone at 515-281-3645, email at [email protected] or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.
This is 40th anniversary of Iowa Century Farm Program
The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The ceremony to recognize the 2016 Century and Heritage Farms is scheduled to be held at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, August 18 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion.
This is the 40th anniversary of the Century Farm program, which was started in 1976 as part of the Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration. To date more than 18,600 farms from across the state have received this recognition. The Heritage Farm program was started in 2006, on the 30th anniversary of the Century Farm program, and 837 farms have been recognized thus far. Last year 366 Century Farms and 101 Heritage Farms were recognized and awards presented to the families at the Iowa State Fair.