Century Farm Program Enters 9th Year

Program honors farms that stay in the family.

Kansas Farm Bureau is beginning the ninth year of its "Century Farm" program, honoring the owners and operators of farms which have in the hands of the same family since 1909.

Qualifying farmers will receive a farm sign designating "Century Farm" status, Century Farm lapel pins and recognition from Kansas Farm Bureau.

"As farmers and ranchers, we are proud of our legacy and heritage," said Steve Baccus, an Ottawa County farmer who serves as Kansas Farm Bureau president. "The Century Farm program will help others better appreciate the strong family ties and tradition that we hold so dear."

During the first nine years of the effort, more than 1,900 family farms have qualified for the Farm Bureau Century Farm designation.

The deadline for consideration is May 15, 2009. Complete details for qualification and an application can be obtained at county Farm Bureau offices across Kansas or on the KFB web site, www.kfb.org/centuryfarm/default.htm.

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