Farms that have been in the same family for the past 100 or 125 years have the opportunity to be recognized during the South Dakota State Fair this year.
The fair, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Farm Bureau will be sponsoring the Century and Quasquicentennial Farms program again.
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.
"It's not easy for one family to hold onto a piece of ground for over 100 years," says South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones. "This program recognizes the tremendous hard work and dedication shown by these farm and ranch families."
"Farm and ranch families are the backbone of South Dakota agriculture," says Scott VanderWal, SDFB president. "Families that have survived 125 years of drought, floods, winter storms, insects and difficult economic times should be recognized for their great achievements."
All forms must be completed and notarized before being returned by Aug. 12 to the South Dakota Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 1426, Huron, SD, 57350. You also must be able to supply proof of the original purchase date and a legal description of the land.
Since the Century Farm program began in 1984, more than 2,400 farms and ranches across South Dakota have been recognized.
The South Dakota State Fair is Sept. 1-5 in Huron. For more information about the fair, see www.sdstatefair.com.