Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

September 11, 2012

Century and Heritage Farms recognized during Iowa State Fair in Des Moines


Daily Iowegian

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized Century and Heritage Farm families during a ceremony at the State Fair again this year.  To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years or more in the case of Century Farms and 150 years or more for a Heritage Farm.

This year 345 Century Farms and 69 Heritage Farms were recognized.

“The Century and Heritage Farm program is a celebration of Iowa agriculture and the farm families who feed the world and care for the land.  It is always a special privilege and a great joy to be able to honor these families who represent the rich legacy of Iowa Agriculture,” Northey said.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has partnered with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation since 1976 to recognize families that have owned and worked a farm for 100 years or more.  Including this year’s recipients, now 17,486 farms from across the state have been recognized.

The Heritage Farm program was started in 2006, on the 30th anniversary of the Century Farm program, and now 583 farms have been recognized.

The 2012 Century and Heritage Farms Program ceremony was held at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 14.  Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, or Joe Heinrich, vice president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, joined Northey in recognizing the award recipients.

“The program acknowledges the deep roots of Iowa agriculture and the special bond that exists between Iowa families and the land they farm,” Northey said.  “The Iowa State Fair is a celebration of Iowa and Iowa Agriculture, so it’s an ideal place to recognize the Century Farm and Heritage Farm recipients.”

Recipients in this area:

HERITAGE FARMS

Located in Lucas County recognized as a Century farm in 2012. It was started in 1861 and is owned by Shirley Stout of Chariton.

CENTURY FARMS

Located in Davis County recognized as a Century Farm in 2012. It was started in 1883 and is owned by Allan and Connie McKeever of Floris.

Located in Davis County recognized as a Century Farm in 2012. It was started in 1899 and is owned by Orval and Wilma Stevenson of Moulton.

Located in Lucas County recognized as a Century Farm in 2012. It was started in 1912 and is owned by Ronald B. and Sandra M. Collins of Russell.

Located in Lucas County recognized as a Century Farm in 2012. It was started in 1911 and is owned by Kathy Loynachan with Thelma Stevenson of Chariton.

Located in Monroe County recognized as a Century Farm in 2012. It was started in 1879 and is owned by Libbie JoAnn Ahn of Albia.

Located in Monroe County recognized as a Century farm in 2012. It was started in 1912 and is owned by William M. Van Zante and Ronald L. and Lois E. Van Zante of Moravia.

Located in Wayne County recognized as a Century Farm in 2012. It was started in 1911 and is owned by Randy and Kathy Johnston of Clio.