Applications are being accepted for the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program, a statewide recognition program honoring farmers whose families have worked the same land for at least 100 years.

Applications are also available for the Sesquicentennial Award honoring families with farms continuously worked for 150 years or more.

To date, 1,117 families have formally received the Century designation and 22 families have received the Sesquicentennial Award, according to a press release from the organization.

The program is administered through the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation in Salem and is partially funded by the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Travel Information Council, various county Farm Bureaus, agriculture-based organizations and individuals.

The deadline is June 1. Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the governor and the state director of agriculture. Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair Sept.3.

For more information on the program or to obtain application guidelines, visit www.oregonfb.org or contact Sharon Leighty, Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Coordinator at 503-400-7884 or cfr@oregonfb.org.

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