Has your farm or ranch been family owned for 125 years or more?
If so, it's eligible to be recognized as with a Quasquicentennial Award at the South Dakota State Fair, Sept. 2-6.
Century Farms have been recognized at the State Fair since 1984 by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Farm Bureau, and the tradition will continue in 2010. The special Quasquicentennial Farm recognition event by SDDA and SDFB will run in conjunction with the Century Farm program.
Application forms can be obtained online for both the Century Farm and the new Quasquicentennial Farm recognition at www.sdfbf.org or by calling 605-353-8052. All forms must be completed and notarized before being returned to the South Dakota Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 1426, Huron, SD, 57350.
A farm or ranch is eligible for Century Farm recognition if at least 80 acres of original land have been continuously owned by the same family for 100 years or longer. A Quasquicentennial Farm must meet the same acreage requirements and be owned by the same family for 125 years or longer.
"Farm and ranch families are the backbone of South Dakota agriculture," said SDFB President Scott VanderWal. "Families that have survived 125 years of drought, floods, winter storms, insects and difficult economic times should be recognized for their great achievements."
The State Fair is also 125 years old this year.
Source: SD Department of Agriculture