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Century and Heritage Farm awards
August 11, 2014 - Mike Donahey
From the horse and oxen drawn plows of yesteryear, to today’s state of the art planters costing $20,000, agriculture has been the heart and soul of Iowa.
Approximately 181 years ago in 1833, Iowa was opened up to settlers — 13 years before it became a state.
To honor those brave pioneers who braved the trek to the Hawkeye State, and plowed the fertile prairie soil, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation partner to honor them and their descendants who have continued onward. Fittingly, this recognition is called the Century-Heritage Farm awards — a special ceremony held annually during the Iowa State Fair.
For some, their forebearers had started farming 100 years ago, and the property was kept in the same family continuously.
They earn the Century Farm award.
For others, their ancestors bought the land 150 years ago, and kept the farm in the family continuously.
They earn the Heritage Farm award.
The Century Farm awards begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the West Grand Exhibit Area, directly across from the Public Safety building.
The Heritage Farm ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the same location.
This writer will attend, and will get photos of 24 farm families being recognized from Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Story and Tama counties.
Look for the special 2014 Century-Heritage Farms supplement inserted in your Aug. 30 edition of the Times-Republican.