Local families recognized for longevity in farming industry

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Source: CVDaily Feed
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As hallmarks of Utah’s agricultural heritage, the state’s agricultural industry conducts an annual search for family-owned farms and ranches which have maintained production in the same family through 100 years.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Cache County Council, six local agricultural families were honored with Utah Century Farms and Ranch designation. Representatives of these families were introduced by Cache County Extension Agricultural Agent Clark Israelsen, who said 70 Cache County farms actually qualified for designation which he sees as very important.

“Agriculture in Cache Valley generates $185 million new dollars every year,” Israelsen told the council. “That’s not just being shifted from point A to point B. That’s new wealth. It’s new out of the ground every year. That is pretty profound, it’s significant. It’s a benefit to all of us to have these farms productive, and active and successful.”

This year the Century Farm Award winners came from northwest Logan, Paradise, Wellsville, Mendon and two from Amalga. Israelsen said he hopes to live 31 more years so his own little farm in Young Ward can become a Century Farm.