Des Moines, Iowa – Iowans who live on farms that have been in the family for ten decades or more are invited to apply for the Century and Heritage Farm program. Becky Lorenz is the coordinator of the program for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.
For family farms that have even more history in Iowa, there’s a step beyond Century Farms.
Last year, 354 Century Farms and 119 Heritage Farms were recognized at the Iowa State Fair. Since the inception of the Century Farm program in 1976, more than 19,000 farms statewide have received the recognition. The Heritage Farm program was started in 2006 on the 30th anniversary of the Century Farm program and more than 1,000 farms have been recognized. For details, contact Lorenz by phone at 515-281-3645 or learn more by going to www.IowaAgriculture.gov.