Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is urging eligible farm owners in the state to apply for recognition through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s (IDALS) Century and Heritage Farm Program. Established in collaboration with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, the program honors families who have owned their farms for 100 and 150 years, respectively. To be considered for recognition in 2024, completed applications must be postmarked or received by IDALS by June 1. The ceremonies honoring the 2024 Century and Heritage Farm families are scheduled for Aug 15 in the Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair. Secretary Naig emphasized that these farm families represent the epitome of Iowa agriculture’s ingenuity, strength, and resilience. Application forms can be downloaded from the department’s website or requested from the Farm Program Coordinator, Kelley Reece. Contact details are included with this story on our website. The Century Farm Program, now in its 48th year, has recognized over 21,000 farms since its inception in 1976. The Heritage Farm Program, in its 18th year, has honored more than 1,800 farms since 2006.