DES MOINES — Time is running short for people who want to have their farms honored as Century or Heritage Farms at this year’s state fair.
The programs honor farming families who have kept their farms for a minimum of 100 years. The Century Farm program was started in 1976 as part of Iowa’s bicentennial celebrations. The Heritage Farm program, which recognizes farms that have been in a family for at least 150 years, began in 2006.
Applications for this year must be postmarked no later than June 1.
Century Farm applications are available at iowacenturyfarms.com and Heritage Farm applications can be found at iowaagriculture.gov/heritageFarmsProgram.asp. Applications may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, Coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Becky.Lorenz@IowaAgriculture.gov or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.