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Congratulations to Century Farm honorees

October 2, 2010
Estherville News

It takes a lot for a family to stay on a farm for a generation.

It takes a lot more to stay on the farm for a hundred years.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized two Century Farm families during this year's state fair. A family must have owned at last 40 acres for 100 years or more to quality.

Those recognized this year were Deborah Hoien/Connie Thackery/ Ricky, Mark, and Tod Peterson; and William and Debbie Larsen from Emmet County. Both families received a Century Farm certificate and yard sign from the Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau.

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

A total of 346 Century Farms were recognized, making a total of 16,932 receiving that recognition since 1976.

"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."

In an age when agriculture is taking criticism from every angle, it's good to see people who have made farming not just an occupation but a way of life. It's a lifestyle that's genetically ingrained into Iowans.

For those who have held on to their farms for 100 years, a special recognition must be given. These are the people who have preserved our way of life, and even more importantly, a basic American freedom of land ownership and stewardship.

Thanks, folks, for making ours a better state for everyone.



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