Ohio salutes 125 historic farms in 2017

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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 2017, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 125 new century, sesquicentennial or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100, 150 or 200 consecutive years.

Each family received a certificate signed by Gov. John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels.

“Our historic family farms are an important link to Ohio’s great agricultural history and promising future,” said Daniels. “It’s an honor every time we are able to recognize Ohioans who take such great pride in their own agricultural heritage.”

Nearly 1,500 farms are now registered across the state in the Ohio Historic Family Farms program.

About the program

Ohio Historic Family Farms is a voluntary recognition program administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Century farms have been recognized since 1993, with the bicentennial farm designation added in 2013, and the sesquicentennial farm designation in 2016.

Anyone who can verify that a currently owned farm has remained in their family for at least 100 years may register. For more information, visit agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms, or contact Erin Dillon at 614-752-9817 or centuryfarms@agri.ohio.gov.

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