Applications are now being accepted for the Century Farm and Ranch Program, a statewide recognition program honoring farmers and ranchers who have worked the same land for at least 100 years. The program is administered through the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (OAEF) in Salem and is partially funded through a partnership of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon Farm Bureau.

Family farmers and ranchers throughout Oregon are encouraged to apply by the July 1 deadline. Successful applicants receive a handsome certificate signed by the Governor of Oregon. A durable metal road sign to identify their property as having historic Century Farm or Century Ranch status is also available. Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair this summer.

Since the start of the program in 1958, more than 1,000 farms and ranches across the state have been registered. Oregon has one of the oldest agricultural heritage programs of this type in the entire nation.

To receive the application guidelines and the official form, please contact Glenn Mason, Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Project Coordinator at (503) 297-5892 or orcentury@juno.com or you may download the application guidelines from the Department of Agriculture Web site at: www.oda.state.or.us/information/oregon_ag/cfr.html.

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