Across the nation, family farms and ranches, historic barns and other agricultural sites are disappearing at an alarming rate. The contributions of Colorado's ranching and farming families have withstood the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought, and economic conditions to preserve these important pieces of our state's commercial and cultural history.
The Centennial Farms & Ranches program, presented by History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture, recognizes four categories of honorees associated with the agricultural history of the State of Colorado.
Centennial Farms or Ranches
The farm or ranch has belonged to the same family for at least 100 years; and
The farm or ranch is currently a working farm or ranch
A family with agricultural experience in Colorado that spans 100 years or more (eg. 1922-2022), not necessarily as landowners
Centennial Farmer or Rancher
An individual 100 years of age or older who has spent a majority of their life in agricultural pursuits within the State of Colorado, not necessarily a landowner
An organization or business that has been in operation for 100 or more years and primarily serves the agricultural community in Colorado (examples: seed companies, farm implements, Farm Bureau, etc.
Each year, our Centennial Farms & Ranches honorees are recognized with a celebration at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. This year's celebration will be on August 23, 2024 at 11:00 am.
To apply for Centennial Farms & Ranches designation, family or business representatives should submit an application providing information about their agricultural history.
Application forms should be emailed to the Centennial Farms & Ranches Coordinator, or mailed to the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, by the next deadline: May 1, 2024. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
2023 Centennial Farms & Ranches Honorees
We were proud to honor 25 Centennial Farms & Ranches families, individuals, and agribusinesses at the 2023 Centennial Farms & Ranches celebration at the Colorado State Fair! We also recognized the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm & Ranch Enterprise and the Families of The Dry with Agricultural Legacy Awards from the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture and the Colorado State Historic Preservation Officer.