Northey urges applying for Century, Heritage awards

Application deadline set June 1 to be recognized at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is urging eligible Iowa farm owners to apply for the 2017 Century and Heritage Farm program.

The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.

“These awards are an opportunity to recognize the hard work and commitment by these families that is necessary to keep a farm in the same family for 100 or 150 years,” Northey said.

Applications are available on the Department’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Hot Topics.”

Applications may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm program by calling (515) 281-3645, or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.

Farm families seeking to qualify for the Century or Heritage Farms program must submit an application to IDALS no later than June 1.

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