Farm Horizons, August 2013
Century Farm program honors longevity and commitment
By Ryan Gueningsman
A number of local farm sites will be honored at this year’s Minnesota State Fair as part of the Century Farm program.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota State Fair work in conjunction on the Century Farm program to honor Minnesota families that have owned their farms for at least 100 years, are at least 50 acres in size and are currently involved in agricultural production.
Since the program began in 1976, around 8,000 farms in Minnesota have been recognized as Century Farms, with roughly 250 farms being designated each year.
The Minnesota State Fair designates Century Farm status in early summer of every year. Century Farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by the president of the State Fair, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, and the Governor of Minnesota.
This year’s honorees include a number of local farm sites.
Kugath Farms of Cologne (1866)
Dennis and Geona Henning of New Germany (1910)
June Sutton farm of Delano (1902)
Heinz Farms of Rogers (1911)
Henry and Diane Vanderlinde of Watertown (1889)
Betty Ann (Kuehl) Ewert; Larry Kuehl and Myron Kuehl of Gaylord (1833)
Michael and Linda Matousek of Glencoe (1912)
Carl H. and Elva Nass of Hutchinson (1911)
Vernald and Arlene Topp; Joel and RoseAnn Bergstrom of Grove City (1913)
Wayne A. and Linda S. Malmquist of Grove City (1913)
Kenneth Mueller of Arlington (1873)
Reuben and Dorene and Michael and Kris Willmsen of Arlington (1913)
William and Pauline Fahey of Belle Plaine (1892)
Burton and Nancy Spaude of Gibbon (1913)
Steve O. and Diane Kolles of Albertville (1902)
Junkins Lake Fiedler Family of Annandale (1909)
Uecker Family Farm of Annandale (1892)
Roger James and Sharon Goetzke of Buffalo (1901)
Gordon and Shirley Marquette of Buffalo (1876)
Tom and Wendy Kotilinek of Maple Lake (1863)
Piram Family Farm of Maple Lake (1908)
Bruce E. and Arlyce Abrahamson of Monticello (1896)
Hass Farm of Montrose (1905)
Tom and Jan Fitzpatrick of Waverly (1904)