Applications are now available for the Century Farm Program sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. This program was created to promote agriculture and honor historic family farms in Minnesota. Since the program began in 1976 more than 10,000 Minnesota farms have been recognized as a Century Farm. A family farm in Minnesota can be a Century Farm when three requirements are met.

A family farm must be: 1) at least 100 years old according to authentic land records; 2) in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years ( continuous residence on the farm is not required); and 3) at least 50 acres and currently be involved in agricultural production. Applications are available on line at mnstatefair.org. At the bottom of the home page there is a link "Recognition Programs."

Century Farms will receive a certificate signed by State Fair Board of Managers President Paul Merkins, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap and Governor Mark Dayton. Century farms will also be presented with an outdoor sign signifying Century farm status.