DES MOINES -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized Century and Heritage Farm families during a ceremony at the State Fair again this year. To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years or more in the case of Century Farms and 150 years or more for a Heritage Farm.
This year 345 Century Farms and 69 Heritage Farms were recognized.
William David & Diane K. Hargrave were recognized for two properties in Dickens, one at 2895 340th St. from 1910, and one on 390th Street from 1890.
Dean L. and Lois Jonhson were honored for a Century Farm at 3155 470th St. in Webb dating back to 1912.
Lois Rossiter Larsen received a Century Farm designation for her 1912 property at 3687 200th Ave. in Spencer.
Gary and Judy Jackson were presented a Century Farm award for the 1897 property at 2780 340th St in Dickens.
Lon Rossiter also claimed a Century Farm honor for the property at 3635 200th Ave. in Spencer. The farm dates back to 1912.
"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.
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.