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.
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.