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Sesquicentennial Farm applications due April 1

Minnesota Farm Bureau's Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, more than 115 farms have been recognized. The Sesquicentennial Farm program recognizes family farms according to the following qualifications:

• The farm must be at least 150 years old this year (2010) according to the abstract of title, land patent, original deed, county land records, court file in registration proceedings or other authentic land records. Please do not send originals or copies of records.

• Your family must have owned the farm for 150 years or more. "Family" is defined as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, first cousins and direct in-laws (father, mother, brother, sister, daughter, son-in-law).

• Continuous residence on farm is not required, but ownership must be continuous.

• The farm should consist of 50 or more acres, and currently be involved in agricultural production.

A commemorative certificate signed by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson and Governor Tim Pawlenty will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Sesquicentennial Farm recognition. Information on all Sesquicentennial Farm families will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2010 State Fair, Aug. 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 6.

Applications are available by writing Sesquicentennial Farms, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, P.O. Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164; e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or calling (651) 768-2100. Applications are also available on our Web site, www.fbmn.org. Deadline for application is April 1. Previously recognized families should not reapply.

County Farm Bureaus are encouraged to work with county Ag societies and county fair boards on local recognition of recipients. Recipients will be announced at the beginning of June.

Minnesota Farm Bureau is the state's largest general farm organization. Members determine policy through a formal, democratic process and make their views heard to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers help develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children.