Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more can apply for the 2017 Century Farms Program.

Produced by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, the Century Farms Program was created to promote agriculture and honor historic family farms in the state. More than 10,000 farms have been honored since the program began in 1976.

Family farms are recognized as Century Farms 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, though continuous residence on the farm is not required; and at least 50 acres.

Qualifying families will receive a commemorative certificate along with an outdoor sign signifying Century Farms status.

Applications are available at mnstatefair.org by clicking the "Recognition Programs" link at the bottom of the homepage, at fbmn.org, by calling the State Fair at 651-288-4400, or at statewide county extension and county Farm Bureau offices.

Submission deadline is Monday, April 3, and recipients will be announced in May.

Previously recognized families should not re-apply.

More information on Century Farms will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2017 Minnesota State Fair. A Century Farm database is also available at fbmn.org.