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100 year old farms recognized with Century Farm Program

Published Nov. 16, 2012 | Discuss this article on Facebook

Ohio is blessed with an agricultural heritage that has provided many historic, social and economic contributions to its modern-day citizens. Early farm families laid the foundation for Ohio’s successful food and agricultural industry, which adds $105 billion to our economy each year.

The Ohio Century Farm program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, was established in 1993 as a way to honor the families who have owned their farm for a minimum of 100 years. The program helps create an awareness of Ohio’s agricultural heritage, and helps foster a better understanding of agriculture and rural life to our non-farming neighbors.

More than 940 Century Farms are registered across the state, with at least one farm registered in each county. Qualified applicants receive a certificate signed by the governor, and may opt to purchase a yard sign available exclusively to Century Farm families.

 Interested families may read more about the program on its website, or contact Cindy Shy at cindy.shy@agri.ohio.gov or 614-752-9817.

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