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State Agency Records - Adjutant General. Administration - #31210

Title: Agriculture. Administration, Centennial Farms Program

Dates: 1982-2009

Record Series: 31210

Quantity: 2.5 feet

Abstract: Records document the designation of "centennial farms" in North Dakota. To qualify applicants had to demonstrate continuous family ownership/operation of a farm in North Dakota for 100 years.  Records include a list of "centennial farm" applications, letters, family histories, and "Centennial Farm Applications" providing the name of the farm owner, legal description of land, and the history of land ownership and development. Applications are arranged alphabetically by last name.

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Agency Sketch

The North Dakota Centennial Farm program began in 1983 and was organized by Lori Keyser, Public Information Officer in the Department of Agriculture. In the first year 102 farmers were recognized as centennial farmers. Today over 1,000 farms have been registered, in celebration of North Dakota’s rich agricultural heritage.

To qualify, the farmer must prove the homestead has remained in the ownership of the same family for 100 years. They received a congratulatory letter from the Agriculture Commissioner and a certificate. Metal signs for the farms were available for purchase.

The North Dakota Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, and North Dakota Association of Coops partnered to assist with the program. In 2009 the program was transferred to the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.

Box / Folder Inventory

Box 1:
1 A        1983-2009
2 Aasen, Lawrence and Martha 1981
3 Ba       1983-2009
4 Be       1983-2009
5 Bi-By    1983-2009
6 Brenden, Torger and Bertha 1987
7 C        1983-2009
8 D        1983-2009

Box 2:
1 E        1983-2009
2 F        1983-2009
3 G        1983-2009
4 Ha       1983-2009
5 He-Hog   1983-2009
6 Hol-Hy   1983-2009

Box 3:
1 I        1983-2009
2 J        1983-2009
3 Jacobson, Andrew 1983-2009
4 Ka-Kl    1983-2009
5 Kn-Ky    1983-2009
6 L        1983-2009
7 M-Mc     1983-2009
8 Me-My    1983-2009

Box 4:
1 N        1983-2009
2 O        1983-2009
3 P        1983-2009
4 Q        1983-2009
5 R        1983-2009
6 Sa-Sh    1983-2009

Box 5:
1 Si-So    1983-2009
2 Sp-Sy    1983-2009
3 T        1983-2009
4 U        1983-2009
5 V        1983-2009
6 W        1983-2009
7 Walhaug, Edward 2009     
8 XYZ      1983-2009
9 Correspondence  1982-2000

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