Has your farm been in your family for 100 years? Century, Heritage Farm applications due June 1

The deadline to apply for the state’s 2012 Century and Heritage Farm Program is June 1.

The ceremony to recognize the 2012 Century and Heritage Farms will be held at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 14.

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

Applications are available at www.IowaAgriculture.gov by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Hot Topics.” The Century Farm program began in 1976 as part of the Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration and more than 17,000 farms across the state have received this recognition. The Heritage Farm program was started in 2006, on the 30th anniversary of the Century Farm program, and more than 500 farms have been recognized.

Last year 341 Century Farms and 56 Heritage Farms were recognized.