It's the last call for farms looking to be recognized at this year's Iowa State Fair.

Anyone interested in applying for the 2019 Century and Heritage Farm Program must do so by June 1. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and recognizes families that have owned their Century Farm for 100 years or Heritage Farm for 150 years.

Eugene Mueller, Century Farm, Manly, 1910

Eugene Mueller's grandfather, G. J. Mueller, first bought the farm with Mr. Von Burg in 1904. He then bought out Von Burg in 1910. It next went to his son, Harold Mueller, during the Depression in the 1930s. After that, Eugene Mueller bought it. Afterwards it goes to Eugene's son, Mike.

The name of the Century Farm is the M&M Farm, for Mike and Marnie Mueller.

Original price of the farm was between $60-$90 an acre. It was 160 acres originally and is still 160 acres.

Corn and beans, rotated, are grown now. Livestock are beef cattle and pigs. Harold Mueller had corn and beans and oats, along with cattle and hogs.

All of the original equipment has been replaced. Old buildings were torn down 10-12 years ago.

It is just Eugene's son, Mike, running the farm now.

The legacy of the farm is that it is part of the way the family lives.

Century Farm applications are available at iowacenturyfarms.com and Heritage Farm applications can be found at iowaagriculture.gov/heritageFarmsProgram.asp. Applications may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Becky.Lorenz@IowaAgriculture.gov 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.

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The Century Farm program began in 1976 as part of the Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration. To date, more than 19,000 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 more than 1,000 farms have been recognized. In 2018, 359 Century Farms and 148 Heritage Farms were recognized.

A full list of all past Century Farm recipients is available at iowacenturyfarms.com.

The ceremony to recognize the 2019 Century and Heritage Farm Families is scheduled to be held at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 15, in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion.

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