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Ohio farms honoured for longevity

Celebrating farms with 100 and 200 year histories

By Diego Flammini,

The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the volunteers of Ohio Bicentennial and Century Farms announced 104 new family farms in the state celebrating their 100th or 200th year of operations.

“These historic farms are the foundation of Ohio’s agriculture industry,” said Director of Ohio’s Department of Agriculture David T. Daniels, who along with Governor John R. Kasich signed a certificate for each of the farms. “The families have withstood the test of time, often through adversity, to provide us with life’s essentials. We owe them a debt of gratitude.”

With the 104 new designations, that brings the total number of historic farms in Ohio to over 1,000. There are farms from Adams to Wood counties represented, including Caraway, Eshleman-Warner, Bridenstine, and Vanek.

Ohio’s Department of Agriculture started recognizing farms with 100 years of operations in 1993 and in 2013 expanded the designation to farms with 200 years of family-owned operations.

Ohio’s agriculture sector plays a part in about $93 billion of economic growth and employs one out of every seven residents.

There’s approximately 75,000 farms in Ohio, totalling around 13.9 million acres of farmland across the state. Corn and soybeans are the top crops grown in Ohio, producing more than $2.8 and $2.7 billion respectively.

Ohio is the top producer of Swiss cheese in the United States and the second largest producer of eggs.

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