Families that have owned their farm or ranch for 100 years or 125 years have the opportunity to be recognized at a special ceremony at the South Dakota State Fair on August 29. South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture would like to honor farm and ranch families that have retained ownership of at least 80 acres of the original farmland for at least 100 years (Century Farm / Ranch) or at least 125 years (Quasqui Centennial Farm / Ranch).
The application form is available on the SDFB site at this link: /public/349/all_about_agriculture/century_farms.
Application forms are due August 13, 2013. The recognition ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 29 at the state fairgrounds.
Century farms and ranches have been recognized at the State Fair since 1984 by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Farm Bureau. Since the program was started, more than 2400 farms and ranches have been honored.
Last year, in honor of the 125th anniversary of the State Fair, the two organizations began honoring Quasqui Centennial farms as well. That tradition will continue this year.