97 Century Farms honored in 2024, including 3 in the area

Published 11:19 am Thursday, March 28, 2024

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The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 97 Minnesota farms as 2024 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Century Farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau presidents and Gov. Tim Walz. Since the program began in 1976, more than 11,000 Minnesota farms have been recognized as Century Farms.

Family farms are recognized as a Century Farm when three requirements are met. The farm must be at least 100 years old according to authentic land records; in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required); and at least 50 acres and currently be involved in agricultural production.

Local farms recognized were the following:

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Wells: Hankerson Farm, 1902

Alden: Drescher Farms, 1924

Emmons: Andersland Farm, 1923

Information on all Century Farms will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2024 Minnesota State Fair. A Century Farm database is also available at fbmn.org.