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July 17, 2013   Email to Friend 

CENTURY, HERITAGE FARM APPLICATIONS DUE AUG. 30

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
July 17, 2013

Applications for the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) 2013 Century and Heritage Farm Program are due by Aug. 30. The program is designed to recognize and honor farms that have been in operation as a family farm over a long period of time and have played a significant role in Alabama history.

A Century Farm is one that has been in the same family continuously for at least 100 years and currently has some agricultural activities on the farm. The farm must include at least 40 acres and be owned by the applicant or nominee.

A Heritage Farm is one that has been operated continuously as a family farm for at least 100 years. The farm must possess interesting and important historical and agricultural aspects, including one or more structures at least 40 years old. The farm must be at least 40 acres of land owned and operated by the applicant, who must reside in Alabama.

The Century and Heritage Farm Program began in 1976 when the director of the Alabama Historical Commission and an ADAI representative met to discuss how to recognize small family farms that had been in operation for a long period of time. ADAI administers this program and, to date, more than 550 farms have been recognized in the state.

Farm applicants interested in competing for Century or Heritage designations must complete an Ownership Registration Form. A sample application is also listed below.

For more information, contact Amy Belcher at (334) 240-7126 or amy.belcher@agi.alabama.gov.


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