The goal of the South Dakota Century Farm Program is to recognize farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years. Those that have been in the same family for 125 years are defined as Quasquicentennial Farms.
The program is a cooperative effort of the South Dakota Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The program began in 1984 and has recognized 2,625 farm and ranches across the state.
The requirements for a century or a quasquicentennial farm:
1. Must be 80 acres or more
2. Must be owned by a member of the same family consecutively for 100 years (century) or 125 years (quasquicentennial)
3. Supply proof of the original date of purchase
4. Supply the legal description of the land
Application forms can be found at the SDFB Web site, sdfbf.org (click on Programs and follow the links), or the South Dakota Department of Agriculture Web site: sdda.gov.
You may also call SDFB at (605) 353-8052 and ask for an application via U.S. mail.
When you get the application:
1. Fill out the form completely
2. Copy all supporting documentation for purchase date and continuous ownership
3. Get application notarized
4. Return to SDFB at: PO Box 1426, Huron, SD 57350
5. Applications must be received on or before Aug. 14, 2012.