Families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more are asked to submit an application to receive a Nevada Centennial Farm and Ranch award.
Farmers and ranchers nominating their property for this award must submit an application by June 1.
Nominees must meet the following requirements to be selected:
■ Must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years.
■ Each property must still operate as a working farm or ranch.
■ Farms or ranches must have a minimum of 160 acres. Properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales.
The Nevada Centennial Farms Program was created in 2004 to recognize the important role that agriculture has played in the state’s history and economic development. Recipients receive a sign to display on their property. To date, more than 45 farms and ranches across the state have received the Nevada Centennial Farms and Ranch Award.
Applications are due by June 1, 2013. Application forms are available online at www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov/centennial_awards.html or by contacting Liz Warner at (775) 857-8500.
The Centennial Awards Program is funded by the Nevada Ag Council and Nevada’s agricultural license plate fund, the Nevada Ag Foundation, Nevada Heritage Foundation and the Nevada Farm Bureau. The Nevada Department of Agriculture and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provide in-kind assistance.