Farms and ranches that are100 or 125 years old have the opportunity to be recognized during the South Dakota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Century Farms have been recognized at the State Fair since 1984 by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Farm Bureau. Two years ago, in recognition of the State Fair's 125th anniversary, farms and ranches that have been family-owned for 125 years or more were recognized in a quasquicentennial event, and that tradition will continue in 2013. Recognition of the Quasquicentennial Farms will immediately follow the Century Farms program.
"Without the hard-working families here in South Dakota, agriculture would not be our No. 1 industry," says South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch. "We need to recognize their accomplishments and the longevity of their operations."
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.
"Agriculture is the foundation of our state's economy," says SDFB President Scott VanderWal. "Families who have persevered, held their land together, and survived droughts, floods, storms and bad economic times for 100 or 125 years deserve to be recognized."
Application forms can be obtained online for both the Century Farm and the Quasquicentennial Farm recognition at www.sdfbf.org or by calling 605-353-8052. All forms must be completed and notarized before being returned by Tuesday, Aug. 13 to the South Dakota Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 1426, Huron, SD, 57350.
The fair will run Aug. 29-Sept. 2 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron. You can find the SD State Fair on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit www.sdstatefair.com
Source: SD Farm Bureau