78 Minnesota farms, including some with histories dating back to the 1870s and 80s, will be honored as “Century Farms” at the State Fair by the Minnesota Farm Bureau this year. Rachael Peterson with the Minnesota Farm Bureau says the farms will play a special role in keeping the history of Minnesota agriculture alive.

“I get a lot of phone calls from those who are working on their applications. And it is really cool to hear from them about what they learn about their family farms as they are doing this process.”

Peterson says now everyone will get a chance to share in that rich history of the latest batch of Century Farms. Century Farms must be in continuous family ownership for 100 years or more and be at least 50 acres in size. 12 of the 78 honorees this year date back to the late 1800s.