The Oregon Century Farm & Century Ranch Program is a statewide recognition program honoring farmers and ranchers who have worked the same land for at least 100 years. The program is administered through the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation and is partially funded through a partnership of the Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the Oregon Historical Society.
Since the start of the program in 1958, more than 1,100 farms and ranches across the state have been registered. Oregon has one of the oldest agricultural heritage programs of this type in the entire nation.
There is also a Sesquicentennial Award for farms that have existed for 150 years or more. More than 20 farms have reached the sesquicentennial mark so far.
Successful applicants receive a certificate signed by the Governor. A durable metal road sign to identify their property as having historic Century Farm or Century Ranch status is also available. Additionally, each family is honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair. A formal application process is required for properties to be considered for the program.
The deadline to apply for Century Farm & Ranch status is June 1.
Download information about the 2012 Awards program.
Download the CF&R application.
Download the Sesquicentennial Award application.
Looking for information on Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Honorees?
The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Viewer maps the number and names of farms and ranches by county. The original owner, property name, date of establishment and crops grown (historic and current) are among the information fields that can be viewed for all records within a county. To begin your research click here.
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Sign up for emailed news for the Century Farm & Ranch program by submitting a request to Sharon Leighty at firstname.lastname@example.org.