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Published January 26, 2008, 12:00 AM

Committee searches for 150-year farms

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is looking for 150-year-old farms to feature during the state’s sesquicentennial celebration this year.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is looking for 150-year-old farms to feature during the state’s sesquicentennial celebration this year.

On May 11, Minnesota will reach its 150th anniversary as the 32nd state in the United States of America. As part of the celebration, the MDA Sesquicentennial Committee would like to interview landowners who have had farms in their families for 150 years or more.

Minnesota farming has an interesting and unique history — growing from subsistence-level farming in the early 1800s to a commercial leader nationally in wheat production, grain shipping and flour milling by the end of that century.

The 1900s brought dairy, livestock and poultry development and a higher standard of living for rural Minnesotans. Today, Minnesota’s agriculture industry is a leader in renewable fuels development, livestock and grain commodity production and a global exporter of agricultural products.

The history of farming is an important aspect of Minnesota’s growth as a state. Publicly telling the story of a parcel of land that has been kept in the same family for 150 years through trial and tribulation is a special way to honor those who never gave up their love of the land and their ethic for hard work.

If you own or operate land that has been in your family for 150 years (or at least more than 100 years) and are interested in providing the history of your farm for the sesquicentennial celebration, please contact Allen Sommerfeld, Communications Coordinator, at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at 651-201-6185 or send e-mail to asommerfeld@state.mn.us.

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