The Minnesota Farm Bureau invites farm-owning families to apply for the Century Farm and Sesquicentennial Farm programs for 2019.
Family farms are recognized as a Century Farm when three requirements are met. The farm must be:
• At least 100 years old according to authentic land records.
• In continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required).
• At least 50 acres and currently be involved in agricultural production.
The Sesquicentennial Farm program recognizes families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Century Farms are not automatically recognized as Sesquicentennial Farms. Families must apply to receive Sesquicentennial Farm recognition.
To qualify as a Sesquicentennial Farm, the program recognizes the following qualifications:
• The farm must be at least 150 years old this year (2019) according to the abstract of title, land patent, original deed, county land records, court file in registration proceedings or other authentic land records. Do not send originals or copies of records.
• Your family must have owned the farm for 150 years or more. "Family" is defined as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, first cousins and direct in-laws (father, mother, brother, sister, daughter, son-in-law).
• Continuous residence on the farm is not required, but ownership must be continuous.
• The farm should consist of 50 or more acres and currently be involved in agricultural production.
A commemorative certificate signed by State Fair Board of Managers President Paul Merkins, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Peterson and Gov. Tim Walz will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Century Farm or Sesquicentennial Farm status.
Applications are available online at mnstatefair.org/about-the-fair/awards-and-recognition/; at fbmn.org; by calling the State Fair at 651-288-4400; or at statewide county extension and county Farm Bureau offices.
The submission deadline is Monday, March 4. Recipients will be announced in May. Previously recognized families should not reapply.
Information on the Century Farm Program will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2019 Minnesota State Fair. A Century Farm database is also available at fbmn.org.