Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program seeks applications

Applications for the 2014 Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program award year are now being accepted. 

The submission deadline is May 1, as families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply.

The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process. 

Members of the application review committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities. 

Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories or other historic records. The records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles. All documents are archived for public access.

Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. A durable metal roadside sign to identify the family’s farm or ranch as having historic century or sesquicentennial status is also available. Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair on Aug. 23.

To date, 1,156 families have formally received the century designation and 26 families have received the sesquicentennial award.

Applications and program guidelines are available at or by contacting Andréa Kuenzi at 503-400-7884 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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