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Northey recognizes local "Century Farms" during Iowa State Fair

Friday, October 1, 2010

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized Century Farm families during a ceremony at the State Fair again this year. To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years or more.

David A.and Linda K. Gravenish; Mary Ann Kestel; Judith Brees Nibbelink; and J. Donald Patterson from Cherokee County each received a "Century Farm" certificate and yard sign from the Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau during the event.

"The Century Farm program is a great opportunity to celebrate Iowa agriculture and farm families that work the land," Northey said. "It is always a special privilege to be able to honor these families and their farm, which represent the rich legacy of Iowa Agriculture."

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.

This year 346 farms were recognized, making more than 16,932 farms from across the state that have received this recognition.

The 2010 Century Farms Program ceremony was held at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

"The program acknowledges the deep roots Iowa agriculture and the special bond that exists between Iowa families and the land they farm," Northey said. "The Iowa State Fair is a celebration of Iowa and Iowa Agriculture, so it's an ideal place to recognize the Century Farm recipients."

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