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LDAF seeking Century Farm Program applicants


Has your farm or forestland been in your family continuously for at least 100 years? Does it have at least 20 acres of the original founder's land? And is it owned by at least one Louisiana resident?


That might be just what the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is looking for as it accepts applications for the Louisiana Century Farm Program, which recognizes and honors Louisiana farmers, ranchers and forestry landowners who have owned family farmland for 100 years or more.


The application period for the 2023 Louisianas Century Farm award class runs through Dec. 31.


“The Century Farm Program is an opportunity to have your family recognized for the many years it has contributed to the rich agricultural heritage of the state of Louisiana,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain. “The program honors these contributions while encouraging the preservation and commitment to farm families. It’s an acknowledgment of where the past meets the future.”

LDAF looks forward to having the state's farm families join its recognition program to highlight the families' legacy in agriculture. To date, 75 families have been honored at the annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Convention.


Other criteria required to be eligible for the program include the farm production earning at least $1,000 annually, and although timber production varies annually, it still can qualify.

There is no cost to apply. Applications may be found online at www.lsuagcenter.com/CenturyFarms. For more information, contact the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Lillie Adams Wiley at (318) 949-3225 or email at ladams@ldaf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Century Farm Program is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and Louisiana Land Bank.

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