681 Century and Heritage Farm Families to be Honored at the Iowa State Fair

Program celebrates farms that have been in the same family for 100 and 150 years, respectively

DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 12, 2021) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Joe Heinrich will honor 681 Iowa farm families with Century or Heritage Farm designations at the Iowa State Fair. The program celebrates farms that have been owned by the same families for 100 and 150 years, respectively.

The Century Farm program began in 1976 as part of the Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration. This year, 476 Century Farms and 205 Heritage Farms will be recognized, including recipients from 2020 and 2021. To date, 20,541 Century Farms and 1,566 Heritage Farms have been recognized across the state of Iowa.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 19

Time: Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ceremony starts with Century Farm recognitions at 9 a.m. The Heritage Farm acknowledgments will follow.

Location: Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds

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About the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 14 diverse bureaus, the Department ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation efforts to preserve our land and enhance water quality for the next generation. Learn more at iowaagriculture.gov.

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