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Northey recognizes local "Century Farms"

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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Conley Farm - Phyllis Conley from Cherokee County received a "Century Farm" certificate and yard sign from the Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau during the event. Photo contributed
DES MOINES --Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized Century Farm families during a ceremony at the State Fair. To qualify, a family must have owned their farmstead for 100 year or more.

"It was a special privilege to honor these farms, which represent the rich legacy of Iowa Agriculture," Northey stated. "Each farm is separate example of the persistence, stewardship, hard work, patience and devotion needed to make a farm work."

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has partnered with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation since 1976 to recognize families that have owned and worked a farm for 100 years or more.

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Johnson Farm - Larry Duane Johnson and Harold Burton Johnson from Cherokee County received a "Century Farm" certificate and yard sign from the Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau during the event. Photo contributed
This year 321 farms were recognized, making more than 15,900 farms from across the state that have received this recognition.

The 2007 Century Farms Program ceremony was held at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

"The Iowa State Fair is a celebration of Iowa and Iowa Agriculture, so it was very fitting that we were able to recognize the Century Farm recipients there," Northey said. "The program acknowledges the deep roots Iowans have with their families and the special bond that exists between Iowa families and the land they farm."

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Smith Farm - Bonnie Lewis, Ruby Johnson, Edward Smith, Roberta Radke, John Smith, George Smith Family Trust, Floyd Smith Estate and Doris Grashoff from Cherokee County received a "Century Farm" certificate and yard sign from the Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau during the event. Photo contributed
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Mummert Farm - Barbara, Todd, Greg, and Robin Mummert from Cherokee County received a "Century Farm" certificate and yard sign from the Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau during the event. Photo contributed



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