Program honors sesquicentennial farms

Applications to farm bureau due April 1

 

Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years.

The program recognizes family farms according to the following qualifications:

• The farm must be at least 150 years old this year according to the abstract of title, land patent, original deed, county land records, court file in registration proceedings or other authentic land records.

• Families 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 farm is not required, but continuous ownership is.

• The farm should consist of 50 or more acres and currently be involved in agricultural production.

A commemorative certificate signed by Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Governor Mark Dayton will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Sesquicentennial Farm recognition.

Applications are available by writing Sesquicentennial Farms, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, P.O. Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164; emailing info@fbmn.org; or calling 651-768-2100. Applications are also available at www.fbmn.org. Deadline for application is April 1. Previously recognized families should not reapply.

Recipients will be announced in early June. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, over 150 farms have been recognized.

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