DES MOINES — Nearly 700 Iowa farm families received special designation of being a Century or Heritage Farm at the Iowa State Fair Thursday.

The programs celebrate farms that have belonged to the same family for 100 years for a Century Farm or 150 years for a Heritage Farm.

“The Century and Heritage Farm program is a great way to recognize the strength and resiliency of Iowa’s multi-generation farm families who have overcome challenges, adapted to changing markets and embraced new technologies to be successful,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. “I always look forward to celebrating along with these families and hearing stories about their incredible journeys. I am grateful for these families’ continued commitments to our state’s agriculture community.”

“Every family farm receiving this incredible honor should be proud of where they began and where they are now. We’re seeing five, six even seven generations of farmers being recognized who have paid homage to the legacy their ancestors built while also cultivating their own way through innovation and sustainability practices,” said Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau president. “This award reinforces what we already know —Iowa’s backbone continues to be in agriculture, and it’s been fortified through the strength of our state’s family farms.” 

Area farms receiving recognition as a Century Farm include R Farm LLC of Mahaska County, 1916; Jerry W. Rempe and Kathleen J. Rempe of Mahaska County, 1919; and Doran & Cora Van Rheenen, Marion, 1920.

Area farms recognized as Heritage Farms included Carruthers Estate, Marion, 1869.

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