Ohio agriculture department recognizes 114 historic farms in 2015

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Sandy Beaver Farms was recognized as an Ohio Bicentennial farm by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in 2013.

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — In 2015, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 114 new century or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100 or 200 consecutive years.

Registered farms

There are now more than 1,200 farms registered across the state in the Ohio’s Historic Family Farms program. Each family received a certificate signed by Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels to keep with their historic documents and pass down to future generations.

Voluntary program

Ohio’s Historic Family Farms is a voluntary program administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The department has recognized families who have owned their farms for at least 100 years since 1993.

Same family ownership

In 2013, the department began officially recognizing bicentennial farms in acknowledgment of the growing number of farms reaching their 200-year anniversary of same-family ownership.

List available

A complete list of Ohio’s bicentennial and century farms is available at www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/. Anyone who can verify that a currently owned farm has remained in their family for at least 100 years may register.

Details

For more information, visit www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/, or contact Cindy Shy in the Office of Communication at 614-752-9817 or cindy.shy@agri.ohio.gov.

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