South Dakota State Fair Quasquicentennial Farm and Ranch Awards
April 29, 2011
HURON, SD – Farm families who have endured 100 or 125 years of life on the farm or ranch have the opportunity to be recognized during the South Dakota State Fair on Thursday, Sept. 1.
Century Farms have been recognized at the State Fair since 1984 by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB). Last year, in recognition of the State Fair’s 125th anniversary, those farms and ranches that have been family-owned for 125 years or more were recognized in a quasquicentennial event and that tradition will continue in 2011. Recognition of the Quasquicentennial Farms will immediately follow the Century Farms program.
“It’s not easy for one family to hold onto a piece of ground for over 100 years,” said South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones. “This program recognizes the tremendous hard work and dedication shown by these farm and ranch families.”
A farm or ranch is eligible for Century Farm recognition if at least 80 acres of original land have been continuously owned by the same family for 100 years or longer. A Quasquicentennial Farm must meet the same acreage requirements and be owned by the same family for 125 years or longer.
“Farm and ranch families are the backbone of South Dakota agriculture,” said SDFB President Scott VanderWal. “Families that have survived 125 years of drought, floods, winter storms, insects and difficult economic times should be recognized for their great achievements.”
Application forms can be obtained online for both the Century Farm and the Quasquicentennial Farm recognition at http://www.sdfbf.org or http://sdda.sd.gov/Secretary/Century-Farms or by calling 605-353-8052. All forms must be completed and notarized before being returned by Aug. 12 to the South Dakota Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 1426, Huron, SD, 57350.