The Kenneth Lehman Farm near Slater was recognized as a Century Farm during this year’s Iowa State Fair. To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acrues for 100 years or more.
The Lehman Farm was one of 344 Century Farms recognized by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey this year.
“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, 18,328 farms from across the state have been recognized.
The Heritage Farm program was started in 2006, on the 30th anniversary of the Century Farm program and now 736 farms have been recognized.