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Several west central Minnesota family farms among the newly named Century Farms in 2022

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau have announced this year's class of Century Farms across the state. To be named such, a farm must be continuously family-owned for at least 100 years and be 50 acres or larger. There are 78 farms this year, including a handful in west central Minnesota.

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The list of 2022 Century Farms has been released by the Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau.
Jillian Gandsey / Forum News Service

ST. PAUL — Every year the Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize family farms that have been in operation for more than 100 years. This year 78 farms in the state have earned the recognition as a Century Farm.

To be named a Century Farm, the farm must be continuously owned by the same family for at least a century and be at least 50 acres.

In the region there are several farms from various counties that will now officially carry the distinction. Those joining the more than 11,000 Century Farms in Minnesota include:

Chippewa County

  • Erickson Family Farms, 1904, Raymond

Lac qui Parle County

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  • Kahn Farm, 1909, Canby
  • Karl and LaVon DeJong, 1891, Dawson
  • Willis Family Farm, 1890, Marietta

Meeker County

  • Albright Family Farm, 1920, Litchfield

Redwood County

  • Leon and Mary Peterson's Family Farm, 1921, Sleepy Eye

Stearns County

  • Heitzman Farm, 1916, Avon
  • Schulzetenberg Farm, 1916, Freeport
  • Greeley-Loewen Farm, 1919, Kimball
  • Rademacher, 1916, Melrose

The new Century Farms will receive a commemorative sign and a certificate signed by the presidents of the Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau and Gov. Tim Walz. Information on all the Century Farms will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau's exhibit during the 2022 State Fair.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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