State accepting nominations for Centennial Farm award

Families who have owned and operated their Colorado farm or ranch for 100 years or more are encouraged to submit a nomination to receive a Colorado Centennial Farms award.

Selected nominees will be honored at the 28th Annual Centennial Farms Celebration at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. Farmers and ranchers nominating their property for this award must submit an application providing information about the history of their farm and its buildings by close of business on April 30.

Nominees must meet the following requirements to be selected as a Colorado Centennial Farm:

Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years.

Each property must still operate as a working farm or ranch.ญญญ

Farms or ranches must have a minimum of 160 acres.

Properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales.

History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms Program in 1986 to recognize the important role that agriculture has played in the state's history and economic development.

The 2014 Colorado Centennial Farms awards will be presented at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo in August. At the ceremony, award recipients will receive a certificate signed by the governor and a sign to display on their property.

To nominate a farm, call Lyle Miller at 303-866-2779 or visit historycolorado.org.

To date, nearly 500 Colorado farms and ranches representing 61 counties across the state have received the Centennial Farms award.

Questions: email lyle.miller@state.co.us.