Century and Heritage Farms recognized during Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES — Century and Heritage Farm families were honored at the Iowa State Fair.

To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 years or more in the case of Century Farms and 150 years or more for a Heritage Farm.

This year 365 Century Farms and 67 Heritage Farms were recognized.

"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, Northey said. "It is a testament to the values of land stewardship, hard work, patience, dedication and perseverance that are found in Iowa's farm families."

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, now 17,851 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 650 farms have been recognized.

The 2013 Century and Heritage Farms Program ceremony was held at the Iowa State Fair on 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."

North Iowa Heritage Farms

Allamakee County — Tom and Joyce Cota, Harpers Ferry, 1858; Robert Heffern, Harpers Ferry, 1854.

Black Hawk County —Martin and Pamela Brown, Jesup, 1856; James, Kathryn Grupp, Cedar Falls, 1855; Earl and Miriam Steimel, Waterloo, 1857.

Bremer County — Robert and Sylvia Casterton, Readlyn, 1863.

Buchanan County —David Kress, Loren Kress, Rowley, 1854.


Cerro Gordo County — Randall Law, James and Ruth Law, Clear Lake, 1863.

Clayton County — Alvin Maier, Elkport, 1857.

Delaware County —Diane Doese, Delhi, 1854.

Dubuque County — William and Diane Callahan, Bernard, 1859; Mrs. Delbert Connolly, Epworth, 1854.

Fayette County — Margaret Foxwell, Elgin, 1863; Paul and Mary Foxwell, Elgin, 1863.

Howard County — Leonard and Dorette Fravel, Cresco, 1863.

Winneshiek County —Dennis and Barb Mashek, Calmar, 1854.

Wright County — Dennis and Cheryl Jacobsen, Eagle Grove, 1856.


North Iowa Century Farms

Allamakee County —John McCabe, Cora McCabe Trust, Mabel Batteen, Joanne Schneider, Robert Williams, Mary Anne Palumbo, Diane Palumbo Kellett, Nancy Palumbo Trust and David Palumbo, Waukon, 1873.

Black Hawk County — Michael and Lindy Bovy, Waterloo, 1894; Raphael and Mardeen Bovy, Waterloo, 1894; Creswell Farms, John and Carol Creswell, Reinbeck, 1913; Jay and Jeanne Hansen and Bret, Brad, Blair and Blake Hansen, Hudson, 1864; Robert and Teresa Kajewski, Dunkerton, 1913; Nicholas and Stephanie Schmitz, Waterloo, 1913; Lois and Leonard Vorba, Reinbeck, 1913.

Bremer County — Donald and Fannie Albrecht, Waverly, 1907; Danny, Shirley Harrington, Plainfield, 1913; Lolita Huber, Janesville, 1913.

Buchanan County —Dan and Liz Gardner, Rowley, 1869; Victoria and Kenneth Meggers, Walker, 1913; Phil and Jan Short and Paul and Helen Short and Mary Jo Short, Winthrop, 1912.

Butler County — Chester Dan and Bonnie Forry, Clarksville, 1913; Bret and Janet Morgan, Dumont, 1913; Steven and Sandra Sessler, Aplington, 1912; Marian, Kevin Worley, Greene, 1913.

Cerro Gordo County —Bruce, Nada Davison, Nora Springs, 1913; Eldon and Beverly Zieman, Meservey, 1909.

Cherokee County —Gerald and Sharon Dunn, Cleghorn, 1905; Sandra Klingensmith, Pierson, 1896; Larry Craig Kuhrts, Cherokee.


Chickasaw County —Burns Estate, Francis Burns, Lawler, 1900; Kristiansen, Mary Jean (Bennor), Nashua, 1883.

Clay County —Clifford and Ardell Durst, Spencer, 1912; Arlene Galbraith, and Mary, Lynn, Kim, Brian, Kelly, Holly, Tracy, Roger, Robin, Colleen, Mark, Todd and Sheila; Dickens, 1910; John and Nancy Heuck, Everly, 1913; Parsons Trust, Elmer Parsons, Webb, 1888; Bonnie Pullen, Spencer, 1913; Sampson Trust, Russell Sampson, Terril, 1910; Marcia Zielstra Swanson, Terril, 1913; Varney Farm Co. LLC, Terril, 1889.

Clayton County — Steven and Judith Clefisch, Guttenberg, 1913; Wayne Robert and Lois Eileen Garms, Garnavillo, 1913; Larry and Nancy Gull, GarnavilloGarnavillo, 1876; Richard and Teresa Sass, St. Olaf, 1913; Donald Edward and Mary Patricia Voss, Monona, 1901.

Delaware County —Steven and Rose Schmock, Manchester, 1895.

Dickinson County —John Berg, Milford, 1913.

Dubuque County — Richard and Marge Gansemer, Durango, 1912; Doris Hannan, Holy Cross, 1912; Tom and Nancy Hosch, Cascade, 1909; Ernest Ray Spoerl, Sherrill, 1874; Karen and Kevin White, Dubuque, 1910.

Emmet County —Edna Danielson, Dolliver, 1913; Gail and Jean Egeland, Wallingford, 1912; Jeanne Skattebo Handeland, Wallingford, 1909.

Fayette County —Harold and Linda Bowman, Arlington , 1912; Dean and Nancy Franzen, Fort Atkinson, 1913; Lenius Country and Home and Loyce Bunn, Westgate, 1908; Barbara Oldenburg, West Union, 1913; Dale Schrader, Maynard, 1913; Larry Scott, West Union, 1913.


Floyd County — Hoeft Enterprises LLC, Charles City, 1901; Mary Lindaman, Charles City, 1913; Roger and Theresa Marsh and Paul and Jean Staudt and Steve and Jolene Marsh, Greene, 1906; Gary and Sandra Marth, Charles City, 1913; Patricia McGregor, Nashua, 1913; Nancy Simerson and Janette Brezina and Mary Ross, Nashua, 1913; E. Bradley and Linda Rae Toppin, Rudd, 1901.

Franklin County —Darrel and Norma Borcherding, Hampton, 1913; C. Joy and Jack Christiansen, and Dave and Bev Christiansen and Kelly and Steve Hansen, Hampton, 1913; Mark and Carma DeVries, Sheffield, 1913; Richard Miller and Marilyn Miller and Jolene Boice, Hampton, 1875; Alvin and Mardell Schaefer, Latimer, 1903.

Grundy County —John Dinnes, Eldora, 1883; Lori Jean Gutknecht and William Allen Gutknecht, Dike,1909; Myles and Julie Meyer, Holland, 1881 and 1882.

Hancock County —Busch Farms Inc. and George and Madilyn Busch, Britt, 1911; Gloria Goll, Meservey, 1901; Patricia Hoyt, Garner, 1913; Marv and Marlys Johnson, Kanawha, 1899; Mona Secora and Josephine Barker, Richard Barker, Joyce Church, Pat O'Toole, Mary McCormick, Bill Barker, Jerry Barker, Ann Barker and Teresa Kerns, Britt, 1913.

Howard County —Daniel and Elizabeth Beran, Elma, 1913; Gary Drtina, Lime Springs, 1913.

Kossuth County —Gary Goldtrap and Mary Johnson, Violet Goldtrap Estate, Lakota, 1910; Ben Habeger, West Bend, 1883; Phillip and Eugene Lovstad Trust, Sharon Lovstad, trustee, Burt, 1913; Gene and Teri Miller, Alan and Marcia Miller, Lynn and Myra Miller and Gary and Sarah Miller, Lone Rock, 1913; Dean and Christie Struecker and Victor and Marian Struecker, Fenton, 1912; Rodney Uthof and Betty Uthoff and Cheryl Wichtendahl, Bancroft, 1912.

Lyon County —John Julius and Donna Jean Meinen, Betty Ellen Espinosa, Alan Julies and Ronald Mark Julius, George, 1913; Donald and Helen Roemen, Larchwood, 1904.

Mitchell County — Eastman Family Farms, Keith Eastman, Gretchen Eastman, Stephen Eastman, David Eastman, McIntire, 1911; Terry Haugen, Gerd Haugen and Linda Haugen Lagoni, St. Ansgar, 1912; Russell Hein and Robert Hein, Carol Hein Dill, Janis Hein, Kenneth Eagen, Keith Eagen and Maryann Eagen Charron, Osage, 1913; Donald Larson, Osage, 1913.


O'Brien County —Ed and Alma Donkersloot, Sanborn, 1212; Lionel McCarty and Morgan, Colin and Brian McCarty, John and Mary McCarty Runchey, Richard and Margaret McCarthy Schlotfeldt, Daniel McCabe, Anne McCabe and Christopher Nuckols, Megan McCabe and Mark Trego, Sheldon, 1913.

Osceola County — Maurice and Diana Heilman, Melvin, 1913; Bruce Lorch and David Lorch, Ocheyedan, 1912; Merlin and Rebecca Sandersfeld and Marzella Sandersfeld, Charles Selchert Revocable Trust, Harris, 1913.

Palo Alto County —Antone Clausen and Helen Crow, Hillmer Family Trust, Clausen Living Trust, Ayrshire, 1905; Obed and Dawn Naig, Cylinder, 1913; Dean Simonsen and Merrill Barlow and Phyllis Schroeder, Emmetsburg, 1911.

Winnebago County —Joel and Tanda Albertson, Leland, 1890; Dennis Fryar and Bonnie Fryar, Thompson, 1897; Mylan and Lois Johnson, Lake Mills, 1870; Mark and Brenda Kingland, Forest City, 1900; Maynard and Marilyn Tweeten, Joice, 1913.

Winneshiek County —Mark William and Barbara Bohach, Fort Atkinson, 1897; Patricia Bouska, Ridgeway, 1911; Elaine Doherty and Rita Vettraino, Ridgeway, 1910; Raymond and Donna Elsbernd, Calmar, 1909; Daniel Fisher, Decorah, 1913; Dale and Bonnie Hackman, Fort Atkinson, 1913; James Delbert Hageman, Calmar, 1907; Andrew Hertges, Decorah; David and Susan Rausch, Fort Atkinson, 1911; Harold Rue, Ridgeway, 1913; Robert and Teresa Uhlenhake, Ossian, 1905.

Worth County —Rodney and Emily Kuntz and Corrie and Kimberly Kuntz, Grafton, 1886; Della Turvold Newlin, Northwood, 1874; Dennis O'Keefe and Mary O'Keefe Trust, Manly, 1913.

Wright County —Richard Canady and Beverly Canady Morphy, Clarion, 1913; William Dettman and Marlett Hammbervold, Belmond, 1893; Jo Ann Hoffman, Renwick, 1898; David and LaDonna Hoffmann, Renwick, 1907; Dennis and Cheryl Jacobsen, Woolstock, 1878, and Eagle Grove, 1901; Robert Loux and Kennith Loux and Sharon TerHark, Clarion, 1910; Jonathan Suntken and Tami Suntken, Joy Bonin, Charlene Plagman, Shirley Birkenholz and Sandra Guhl, Belmond, 1913; Roger and Karen Wenzel, Rowan, 1913.

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