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Congratulations To 100- and 125-Year-Old Family Farms

Congratulations To 100- and 125-Year-Old Family Farms

More than 70 in South Dakota reach the centennial and quasquicentennial marks this year.

Another group of farm and ranch families who have owned their land for a century or more were honored at the South Dakota State Fair. They received a Century or Quasquicentennial Farm award from the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

This year, 42 families were honored with the Century award for 100 years of ownership and 27 were honored with the Quasquicentennial award for 125 years of family ownership. Sixty of the families were able to be in attendance for the awards ceremony. Each had the opportunity to say a few words about their farm or ranch and enjoy fellowship and a meal provided by Farm Bureau.

Earle "Pete" Tanner, age 103, was in attendance at the program to receive his family's Century Farm award. Earle has lived 100 of his years not only on the same farm, but in the very same farmhouse that was built in 1914.

 "Thank you so much for what you do to be the backbone of agriculture in South Dakota," said Gov. Dennis Daugarrd at the presentation ceremony.

"As South Dakota celebrates its 125th anniversary of statehood, it's a perfect time to celebrate these families who got their start in agriculture on the prairie and are still here today," said Scott VanderWal, a third-generation family farmer from Volga, S.D. and President of the South Dakota Farm Bureau. "Family farms and ranches were – and are – the foundation of this great State. Congratulations to each of these families."

The Hainy Family, Wessington Springs, S.D., was of one of the families recognized as a Quasquicentennial Farm Family.

2014 Century Farm Awards
Auch Cattle Company (Gary & Julie Auch) – Yankton
Carl & Kelli Baier – Douglas County
Eldon & Jane Baier – Dimock
Dennis H. Baisley, Jr. – New Effington
Bartnick Farms (Jeffrey & Jody Bartnick) – New Effington
Dale & Janet Becker – Bridgewater
Ed & Kay Becker – Oldham
Burma Ranch (Lyle & Joyce Burma) – Iroquois
Oldham Carrot Family Farm (Angela Dornbusch) – Lake County
Carry On Farm (Richard Kasten) – Hazel
Curtis/Brudos Six Mile Lake Ranch (Family of Pearl & Ernest Brudos) – Lake City
Deckert Century Farm (Marlow & John Deckert) – Freeman
Eastman Farm (Marilyn Eastman Grimlie) – Toronto
Gilbertson /Fedt Farm (Eugene Fedt, Joyce Rovang, Harold Fedt) – Faith
Mike & Ann Gorder – Estelline
Patrick Gottlob – Salem
Arthur & Clarice Hertz – Fairfax
Ronald & Deborah Hesla Family – Wakonda
Rath / Hohwieler Farms (Don & Bette Hohwieler) – Chester
Barbara A. (Renelt) Klein & William N. Klein – Rosholt
Virgil & M. Joy (Uhe) Klock – Chancellor
Kroetch Ranch (Charles, Daniel, and Catherine Kroetch) – Philip
Kurtz Farms, Inc. (Robert & Alice Kurtz) – Elkton
Lance Creek Ranch (Family of Don & Regina Iversen) – Stanley County
Lazy H. E. Ranch LLC (Thomas, Craig & Ronald Warren and Janet Bradbury) – Rapid City
Ronald & Patricia Leber – Parker
Letze Farm (Family of Dale & Betty Letze) – Summit
Martin & Shirley Printz – New Underwood
Nordstrom Farms (Joe & Paul Nordstrom) – Claire City
Francis & Karen Renelt – Rosholt
Schochenmaier Farm (Michael Schochenmaier) – Bonesteel
Schochenmaier Farm (Michael Schochenmaier) – Bonesteel
Schmidt Farm (Jim & Verly Schmidt) – Lennox
Donald Seedorf – Wentworth
Tanner Farm (Earle & Mildred Tanner) – Gettysburg
Taylor Farm (Miriam Taylor) – Miller
Benton & Carolyn Visser – Monroe
Young Farms, LLC (Thomas Carr & Adam Carr) – Hitchcock
Richard & Priscilla Walter – Bridgewater
Weber Family Farm (Jerome & Sharon Weber) – Dimock
Weber Family Farm (Ron & Sharon Weber) – Hutchinson County
Winberg Farms (Duane Winberg) – Canova

2014 Quasquicentennial Farm Awards
Binnewies Family Farm (Robert & Esther Binnewies) – Moody County
DeRungs Family (John & Claudia DeRungs and Daniel & Deanna DeRungs) – Ramona
William & Sita DeVaney – Dell Rapids
Doug Eichler – Newell
Robert N. & Sandra Jo Fox – Watertown
Thomas A. Freidel – Ethan
Fugier Ranch / Brooks-Miller Homestead (Carol J. Fugier) – Buffalo Gap
Todd & Carol Gerlach – Parkston
Gene & Carol Ann (Kneebone) Hagen – Jefferson
Hainy Family Farm (Roger & Pam Hainy) – Wessington Springs
Andrew Johnson Family (Ronald Johnson) – Hartford
Keller Farms (Lloyd & Janice Keller and Clifford & Julie Keller) – Tolstoy
Luebke Farms, Inc. (Richard, Douglas and Calvin Luebke) – Dimock
Loren & Cynthia Marzahn – Redfield
Messner Farm (Robert & Shirley Messner) – Harrisburg
Wallace Mohnen – White Lake
Molskness Farm (Robert M. & DeAnn Molskness) – Madison
J. Irene & Duane Oines – Volga
Herb & Arlene Pitan – Draper
William Rang – Chancellor
Redeen Family Farm (Dennis & Delores Redeen) – Stockholm
Jurgen Rieman Family Homestead (L&L Feeders Inc. – Richard, Charlotte, Jason and Jackie Lounsbery) – Davis
Bernice Hauck & Irene Schubert – Yankton
Schultz Family (Dale Marland Schultz) – Corona
Thelen Family Partnership (Jerry Thelen Family) – Turton
Tyrrell & Julie Thonvold – Erwin
Kevin & Amy Waltner – Hurley

Since the program began in 1984, South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture have recognized 2,770 farm and ranch families with these awards. To be recognized, at least 80 acres of the original land must still be owned by the same family, and they must be able to provide proof of the original date of purchase.

More details about the program, including photos of each of the families, can be seen on Farm Bureau's website, www.sdfbf.org.

Sources: SDDA, SDFB

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