Century Farm Family Learns They Have Land Grant Legacy Farm in Emmet County

AMES, Iowa--Iowa farm families who have owned the farm land for 100 years or more and those who have owned the land for 150 years or more were recognized Aug. 17 during the Iowa State Fair by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Century Farm recognition went to 321 families; another 119 families were named Heritage Farms for their 150 year ownership of the land. 
 
Six of those families, including the Winter family of Estherville, were also recognized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as land grant legacy families. Land grant legacy families are those who own land that includes a land grant parcel – land first leased and sold under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1862 to endow the state land grant college, what is now Iowa State University.
The Winter family received a framed certificate, presented by Iowa State University interim Vice President for Extension and Outreach John Lawrence prior to receiving their Century Farm award. 
“It was an honor to inform families that a piece of their farm had a special place in Iowa history and a tie to Iowa State University,” said Lawrence. “These families are very proud of their farms and their agricultural heritage. It’s a pleasure to join them in this celebration.”
Land grant parcels, identified by ISU Extension and Outreach, are plotted on a map and available for viewing at www.landgrant.iastate.edu. Lawrence said more than half of the land grant parcels are in Emmet, Palo Alto and Kossuth counties. He invites landowners to check the map and their land abstracts to confirm map data, then validate ownership with the project team through the website.
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