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Maura Bennett Centennial Farms
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: December 07, 2017

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Technology, an aging population, and resource issues are changing farming and ranching and our connection to the people who produce our food.

So it’s all the more important that the Colorado Centennial Farms program is once again recognizing farms and ranches that have been owned and operated by the same family for 100 years or more. Awards will be given at the State Fair in Pueblo.

“We still have a connection to our cultural heritage. Colorado’s economy is still made up very significantly by agricultural activity. This program recognizes those families that have persevered over a century, or in many cases longer than a century despite the challenges of weather, changing economic times. A lot of times, some farmers kids don’t want to be farmers because the work is very difficult and there’s better opportunity elsewhere.

This program is unique in that we’re highlighting and recognizing those families that have made a commitment to settling our state but also making it stronger and making it a real agricultural powerhouse.

Jonathan Raabe at History Colorado. He says 38 additional farms and ranches will be honored this year on August 25th at the State Fair.

The oldest farm on the list of more than 500 is the Ortega Farm of San Luis, which was founded in 1851.

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