Ohio's Historic Family Farms
Wood County is honored to have over 40 Century Farms awarded in the state of Ohio. The United States agricultural industry remains an essential part of the global economy. Recognizing the history of our local family farms reminds us of the determination, ingenuity, and challenges the generations before us endured as the many farmers immigrated to the U.S. seeking a new life.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture recognizes the many social, economic, and historic contributions made by Ohio's founding farm families. Ohio's Historic Family Farms program was developed as a way to honor these families for their enduring legacy to our state.
The program grants three designations based on the number of years of same-family ownership:
· Century Farms (100-149 years);
· Sesquicentennial Farms (150-199 years); and
· Bicentennial Farms (200 years and more).
Qualified registrants receive an heirloom certificate signed by the Governor of Ohio and the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Click here for the registration form to complete and apply.
Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting nominations to honor Ohio farm families who are leaders in conservation for the 2017 Conservation Farm Family Awards. The Conservation Farm Family Award program has recognized Ohio farm families since 1984 for their efforts in managing natural and human resources while meeting both production and conservation goals.
Five area finalists will be selected from across the state and will be recognized at the annual Farm Science Review in September. They will also receive a $400 award, courtesy of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and be featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer Magazine. Ron and Barb Snyder, of rural Pemberville, were awarded in 2015.
Individual farmers, partnerships or family farm corporations are eligible for nomination, provided a substantial portion of their income is derived from farming. An individual can self-nominate, however a majority of applicants are nominated by local soil and water conservation districts. The judging is based on the nominee's use of new and traditional conservation techniques, comprehensive management, individual initiative in applying conservation measures and the nominee’s willingness to share conservation information, experiences and philosophy with others. Contact the Wood SWCD with nominations of family, friends, or neighbors.