Twenty-three Colorado families now official Centennial Farmers
DENVER (September 15, 2016)—The ranks of Colorado’s Centennial Farmers grew with the addition of 23 farming and ranching families at a ceremony at the State Fair on August 26. The families honored have owned and operated their farms and ranches for 100 years or more. Qualifying farms and ranches must have at least 160 acres or generate an income of at least $1,000 a year.
History Colorado Executive Director Steve Turner, Colorado State Fair General Manager Sarah Cummings, and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown provided the opening remarks. State Senators Jerry Sonnenberg and Randy Baumgardner were on hand to take photos with the family representatives as they received their Centennial Farms certificates. Also in attendance were former State Senator Lois Tochtrop and former Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Ament. Two volunteers from the Colorado FFA served as masters of ceremony.
The families received a certificate commemorating the event and a sign to proudly display on their farm or ranch, and had their family portraits taken prior to the ceremony.
Since 1986, History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado State Fair have partnered to administer the Centennial Farms program. The Colorado Tourism Office has been a partner since 2015. For more information about the program, please visit http://www.historycolorado.org/oahp/centennial-farms.