A farm owned by Delores Weuve near Nevada was recognized during this year’s Century and Heritage Farm Awards at the Iowa State Fair.
The farm, located at 59728 Lincoln Highway and 600th Avenue, received a Century Farm Award, as presented by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years or more.
The Weuve farm was among 365 farms that were recognized as Century Farms this year. Another 67 farms were recognized as Heritage Farms for having a family ownership of 150 years or more.
"It is a great pleasure and distinct honor to help recognize these farm families that have owned the same farm for 100 or 150 years. It is a testament to the values of land stewardship, hard work, patience, dedication and perseverance that are found in Iowa’s farm families," Northey said.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has partnered with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation since 1976 to recognize families that have owned and worked a farm for 100 years or more. Including this year’s recipients, 17,851 farms from across the state have been recognized.
The 2013 Century and Heritage Farms Program ceremony was held at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, or Joe Heinrich, vice president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, joined Northey in recognizing the award recipients.
"The program acknowledges the deep roots of Iowa agriculture and the special bond that exists between Iowa families and the land they farm," Northey said. "The Iowa State Fair is a celebration of Iowa and Iowa Agriculture, so it’s a great place to recognize the Century Farm and Heritage Farm recipients."