Century Farms – America’s Lasting Heritage

Century farms are those farms that have been in operation under the same family for more than 100 years. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched a new, interactive website that invites the public to celebrate the contribution of these farms to the heritage of our nation. Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage tells the story of American farm and ranch families who have shaped the history of our nation.

Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage also commemorates more than the proud tradition of the American farm and ranch family, according to AFBF President Bob Stallman, who also serves as president of the foundation.

“Farms and ranches that have been in the same family, and supporting family members and local communities for generations stand as testament to the true sustainable character of American agriculture today,” Stallman said. “Farmers and ranchers, by nature, are always committed to leaving the land in better condition for the next generation. We are proud to help raise awareness of that through this new website.”

Finding the farms
Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage features a variety of components to interest nonfarmers as well as farmers and ranchers. An interactive map allows visitors to quickly link to a comprehensive list of state century farm programs and resources. Users will find an immediate connection with the farmers who operate our century farms, as they watch the story unfold through video profiles of a variety of farms. Written profiles also will be provided to offer additional stories of those who have contributed to the sustainability of our agriculture industry, and our nation.

Agriculture has played a significant role in the development of our nation. With this in mind, Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage also provides an opportunity for visitors to navigate through an interactive timeline of American history and agriculture.

Educational resources
Parents, teachers and volunteer educators will enjoy the free educational resources that support continued learning. Lesson plans that intricately combine American history standards with the progression of the agriculture industry are provided complete with all required resources.

“On behalf of Capreno and Bayer CropScience, we’re excited to partner with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to make this program possible,” said Jeff Springsteen, Capreno herbicide marketing manager. “Bayer CropScience constantly strives to deliver innovations, whether it’s developing a top-performing crop input, or supporting a useful, educational website for consumers. This is a great opportunity to honor the lasting heritage of agriculture and the future of farmers.”

Agriculture’s lasting heritage in our nation is enduring and beneficial, due to the commitment farm and ranch families continue to make to the land, and to each other. This project would not be possible without the support of title sponsor Capreno herbicide from Bayer CropScience.

Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage needs you
Do you own a century farm or know a century farmer? Share your story by submitting a written profile of a Century Farm.

Do you have a great activity or lesson plan about the history of American agriculture? Share your knowledge—submit your educator resources to [email protected]