KFB honors tradition, heritage of family farms
Popular 'Century Farm' effort enters ninth year
Tradition and heritage is a big part of what makes agriculture such an attractive way of life for so many Kansans. The lifeblood of our existence, the farms and ranches in Kansas, provide food, fuel and fiber for the world.
The history of these farms and ranches is rich, with many stories to tell. In that spirit, Kansas Farm Bureau, the state's leading agriculture advocacy organization, is launching the ninth year of its program for the new millennium to honor those family farms that have passed down this heritage for more than a century.
The Kansas Farm Bureau "Century Farm" program will recognize family farms whose current owner/operator is related to the owner/operator of the farm in 1909 or before. Qualifying farmers will receive a farm sign designating "Century Farm" status, Century Farm lapel pins and recognition from Kansas Farm Bureau.
"As farmers and ranchers, we are proud of our legacy and heritage," said Steve Baccus, an Ottawa County farmer who serves as Kansas Farm Bureau president. "The Century Farm program will help others better appreciate the strong family ties and tradition that we hold so dear."
During the first nine years of the effort, more than 1,900 family farms have qualified for the Farm Bureau Century Farm designation.
The deadline for consideration is May 15. Complete details for qualification and an application can be obtained at county Farm Bureau offices across Kansas or on the KFB website, http://www.kfb.org/centuryfarm/default.htm.
Kansas Farm Bureau represents grassroots agriculture. Established in 1919, this non-profit advocacy organization supports farm families who earn their living in a changing industry.