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Homesteads honored in 2009 Century Farm Awards Program

Amanda Nolz

Photo by Amanda NolzSecretary of Agriculture Bill Even welcomes a large crowd on hand at the SD State Fair, recognizing 105 operations honored with the Century Farm Award this year.

It’s hard to imagine what South Dakota looked like 100 years ago. There were no sprawling cities and no major highways; there really wasn’t much of anything except rolling prairie grasses and the hope for a better tomorrow. Settlers came from all across the world to stake a claim in beautiful South Dakota. Those that weathered the harsh South Dakota conditions were able to make this state their home, and they continue to do so today. That’s why the state of South Dakota has proudly honored farms that have been in the same family for 100 or more years. These homesteads are a living, breathing link to the history of the Old West.

In a standing-room only event at the 2009 South Dakota State Fair, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Farm Bureau honored the 100 year old farmsteads with the Century Farm Awards Program. A total of 105 farms and ranches were awarded signs and certificates at this year’s event, marking the 25th anniversary of the Century Farm Awards. Since it’s inception in 1984, this program has honored 2,508 century farms, and the list of 100 year farms continues to grow.

It’s hard to imagine what South Dakota looked like 100 years ago. There were no sprawling cities and no major highways; there really wasn’t much of anything except rolling prairie grasses and the hope for a better tomorrow. Settlers came from all across the world to stake a claim in beautiful South Dakota. Those that weathered the harsh South Dakota conditions were able to make this state their home, and they continue to do so today. That’s why the state of South Dakota has proudly honored farms that have been in the same family for 100 or more years. These homesteads are a living, breathing link to the history of the Old West.

In a standing-room only event at the 2009 South Dakota State Fair, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Farm Bureau honored the 100 year old farmsteads with the Century Farm Awards Program. A total of 105 farms and ranches were awarded signs and certificates at this year’s event, marking the 25th anniversary of the Century Farm Awards. Since it’s inception in 1984, this program has honored 2,508 century farms, and the list of 100 year farms continues to grow.

It’s hard to imagine what South Dakota looked like 100 years ago. There were no sprawling cities and no major highways; there really wasn’t much of anything except rolling prairie grasses and the hope for a better tomorrow. Settlers came from all across the world to stake a claim in beautiful South Dakota. Those that weathered the harsh South Dakota conditions were able to make this state their home, and they continue to do so today. That’s why the state of South Dakota has proudly honored farms that have been in the same family for 100 or more years. These homesteads are a living, breathing link to the history of the Old West.

In a standing-room only event at the 2009 South Dakota State Fair, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota Farm Bureau honored the 100 year old farmsteads with the Century Farm Awards Program. A total of 105 farms and ranches were awarded signs and certificates at this year’s event, marking the 25th anniversary of the Century Farm Awards. Since it’s inception in 1984, this program has honored 2,508 century farms, and the list of 100 year farms continues to grow.