PIERRE — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the South Dakota Farm Bureau are proud to continue recognizing longstanding South Dakota family farms and ranches.
The South Dakota Farm and Ranch recognition program honors South Dakota families who have owned their farm or ranch for 100, 125 or 150 years. Century Farms are celebrated annually at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. This year’s recognition event will be Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. on the South Dakota Farm Bureau Dakotaland Stage.
To qualify as a South Dakota Century Farm or Ranch, a family must have retained continuous ownership of at least 80 acres of original farmland for 100 years or more. If the family ownership of land has reached 125 or 150 years, they may apply for recognition as a Quasquicentennial or a Sesquicentennial Farm or Ranch. Documentation of the original date of purchase must be included with the application.
Application forms are available online at https://www.sdfbf.org/Get-Involved/Century-Farms or by calling the SDFB at 605.353.8052. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 9.
The 2021 South Dakota State Fair runs Sept. 2 through Sept. 6. Channel Seeds preview night will be Sept. 1. For more information on State Fair events, contact the fair office at 800-529-0900, visit www.sdstatefair.com or find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.