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This year's edition of the Iowa State Fair runs Aug. 8 to 18 at state fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Published on: August 8, 2013

The Iowa Century Farm and Heritage Farm Awards will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 13 starting at 9 a.m. at the Century/Heritage stage, just south of the Grand Avenue entrance. Century Farm awards recognize farms that have been in the same family for 100 years and Heritage Farms awards recognize farms that have been owned by the same family for 150 years. This year there are 365 Century Farm winners and 67 Heritage Farm winners. These awards are sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau.

Century Farm Awards presented, and Iowa Farm Environmental Leader award winners recognized

On Thursday, Aug. 15 starting at 9:00 a.m. Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Northey and Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp will recognize the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader award winners. The awards will be presented at the Penningroth Center inside the Cattle Barn and recognize the efforts of Iowa's farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality. It seeks to recognize the exemplary voluntary actions of farmers that improve and protect the environment and natural resources of our state while also encouraging other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon success.

On Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 10:00 a.m. the ag department will recognize winners of the 2013-2014 From the Farm to You Calendar drawing contest in the agriculture building. Kids from across the state submitted pictures for the calendar. Copies of the calendar are available to fairgoers at the department's booths in the ag building and the Varied Industries building.

HIGHLIGHT #2: Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award finalists selected, with a total of $5,000 in cash prizes to be awarded at 2013 Iowa State Fair

Finalists have been selected for the second annual "Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award" presented by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Farm Bureau.

The "Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award" is a juried art exhibition that recognizes Iowa artists and Iowa's role as a global leader in agriculture through the 2013 exhibition theme, "Cultivating Change." The exhibition features cash prizes in both a Youth Division (ages 17 and under) and an Adult Division (ages 18 and over).