The Iowa Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Farm Bureau began this program in 1976. The program recognizes and honors those who have kept their farm – of at least 40 acres – in the same generational families for at least 100 years or more.
There is an application process which must be completed. Applications may be obtained from the Iowa Department of Agriculture.
Awards are presented in a special ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. The award of Century Farm is given in recognition to a family who has had the farm for 100 years. For those who have achieved 150 years of ownership, they receive an Heritage Farm Award.