Farms recognized for long tenure; Bureau recognizes 21 sesquicentennial farms and 222 century farms

Published 10:15 am Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Minnesota Farm Bureau recently recognized 21 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2015. Bernice L. Tara, whose Brownsdale farm dates to 1865, was one of the farms receiving a commemorative certificate signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap.

The farms also received an outdoor sign signifying Sesquicentennial Farm recognition. See the full list of all Sesquicentennial Farm families at

222 in state recognized as Century Farms

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognized 222 Minnesota farms as 2015 Century Farms.

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Mower County farms include Roger and Mary Gerber’s farm of Adams (1914), the Rohne Family Farm of Lyle (1858), and Evergreen Farm of Sargeant (1885).

Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Century Farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by the State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau presidents and Gov. Mark Dayton.

Since the program began in 1976, more than 10,000 Minnesota farms have been recognized as Century Farms.