Century Farms

Century Farms

Each year, South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture join together to recognize farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years. 

In addition to recognizing Century Farms, those that have been in the same family for 125 years are recognized as Quasquicentennial farms and those that have been in the same family for 150 years are recognized at Sesquicentennial farms.

Since the program began in 1984, 2,770 farm and ranch families have been honored.  The award presentation takes place each year at the South Dakota State Fair.

Requirements for Century, or Quasquicentennial, or Sesquicentennial farms / ranches:

  1. Has been owned by a member of the same family for 100, or 125 or 150 years
  2. Consists of 80 acres or more
  3. Have proof of original date of purchase

How to apply:


1.  Download and fully complete the application form


2017 Century Farms Application Form
2017 Quasquicentennial Farms (125) Application Form
2017 Sesquicentennial Farms (150) Application

    2.  Return the form & documentation of Date of Original Purchase to the SDFB office by August 11, 2017.


    South Dakota Farm Bureau
    PO Box 1426
    Huron, SD 57350


    3.  Contact the SDFB office with any questions

    Contact person: Julie Fritzsche
    E-mail: julie@sdfbf.org
    Direct phone: (605) 353-8052

    At the 2016 South Dakota State Fair, 51 families were honored as Century Farms and 29 families were honored as Quasquicentennial farms with 125 years of family ownership.


    "Thank you for your work toward the century farm awards, and to the Farm Bureau.  It was such a nice program and event, and we enjoyed it very much.  Meeting other farmers and ranchers was really a good experience."

    --Dale & Sheryll Chicoine, Jefferson, SD


    Click here to view the Quasquicentennial Farm pictures.

    Click here to view the Century Farm pictures


    View maps from the SD Dept. of Ag showing the location of each year's Century Farm families