DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has recognized more than 430 generational farms in the state this year.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says 365 century farms and 67 heritage farms were recently recognized at the Iowa State Fair.
The century and heritage farm program celebrates families that have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years and 150 years.
Northey says the program’s recipients are a testament to the values of land stewardship, hard work, patience, dedication and perseverance.
More than 17,850 farms across Iowa have been recognized as century farms since 1976, and 650 farms have been recognized as heritage farms since 2006.