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.
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:
- Erickson Family Farms, 1904, Raymond
Lac qui Parle County
- Kahn Farm, 1909, Canby
- Karl and LaVon DeJong, 1891, Dawson
- Willis Family Farm, 1890, Marietta
- Albright Family Farm, 1920, Litchfield
- Leon and Mary Peterson's Family Farm, 1921, Sleepy Eye
- 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.