REYNOLDSBURG - In 2013, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 103 century or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100 or 200 consecutive years. There are now more than 1,000 of these farms registered across the state.Each family received a certificate signed by Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels to keep with their historic documents and pass down to future generations.
"You can't walk down Main Street and find many businesses that are older than our bicentennial and century farms," said Daniels. "That says a lot about these families, and the important role they have played in building Ohio's top industry."
The Ohio Bicentennial and Century Farm program is a voluntary program administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The department has been recognizing families who have owned their farms for at least 100 years since 1993. In 2013, the department began officially recognizing bicentennial farms in acknowledgment of the growing number of century farms that had reached their 200-year anniversary of same-family ownership. To kick off the new Bicentennial Farm designation, Director Daniels presented certificates to those who qualified and were already enrolled in the program.
For a full list of Ohio's bicentennial and century farms, visit the website: www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/.
Anyone who can verify that a currently-owned farm has remained in their family for at least 100 years may register. For more information, visit www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/, or contact Cindy Shy in the Office of Communication at 614-752-9817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.