Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more are invited to apply for the 2021 Century Farm Program.
Produced by the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, the Century Farm Program was created to promote agriculture and honor historic family farms in the state. More than 10,500 Minnesota farms have been honored since the program began in 1976.
Family farms are recognized as Century Farms when three requirements are met. The farm must be: at least 100 years old, according to authentic land records; in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required); an at least 50 acres and currently involved in agricultural production.
Century Farm outdoor sign
A commemorative certificate signed by State Fair Board of Managers President Ron Oleheiser, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap and Gov. Tim Walz will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Century Farm status.
The submission deadline is March 1. Recipients will be announced by early April. Previously recognized families should not reapply.
Information on the Century Farm Program will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2021 Minnesota State Fair. A Century Farm database is also available at fbmn.org.