Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 year farm and ranch recognition is Aug. 11

Farm Forum

HURON, S.D.- Agriculture has long been the foundation of South Dakota history. The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

South Dakota families having enjoyed ownership of their farm or ranch for 100 or 125 years have the opportunity to be honored on Thursday, Sept. 1, during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

To qualify as a South Dakota Century Farm or Ranch, a family must have retained continuous ownership of at least 80 acres of original farmland for 100 years or more. If the family ownership of land has reached 125 years or more, they may apply to be recognized as a Quasquicentennial Farm or Ranch. Documentation of the original date of purchase must be included with the application.

Application forms are available online at by clicking “Programs” and then “Century Farms” or calling the SDFB at (605) 353-8052. The application deadline is Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

Since recognition began in 1984, there have been 2,837 century farms and ranches and 295 quasquicentennial farms and ranches acknowledged so far.