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ADAI seeks Century, Heritage, Bicentennial Farm applications

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is now accepting applications for its annual Century and Heritage Farm and Bicentennial Farm programs, with a due date of Aug. 27.

ADAI created these programs to help recognize and celebrate family farms that have significantly impacted Alabama history and agriculture.

A Century Farm is one that has been in the same family continuously for at least 100 years and currently has agricultural activities on the farm. The farm must include at least 40 acres of land and be owned by the applicant or nominee.

A Heritage Farm is one that has been operated continuously as a family farm for at least 100 years. The farm must possess significant historical and agricultural aspects, including one or more structures at least 40 years old. The farm must also include at least 40 acres of land owned and operated by the applicant, who must reside in Alabama.

Nearly 700 farms across the state have been recognized by the C&H Farm program for their longtime contributions to Alabama agriculture, including several in Franklin County.

ADAI is also accepting applications for the Bicentennial Farm program. The Bicentennial Farm program recognizes farms that have been owned and operated by the same family for 200 years or more. The farm must be at least 40 acres in size, owned by an Alabama resident and have current agricultural activities. To date, 12 farms have been recognized by this program. 

Agriculture is the foundation that helped build Alabama’s history, economy and livelihood. According to the ADAI, such service to the state should be respected and celebrated.

If qualifications are met, any historical evidence such as photos, deeds or records will be preserved in the state archives.

Anyone who believes their farm meets the qualifications for the 2021 C&H Farm program or Bicentennial Farm program is asked to contact Amy Belcher at 334-240-7126 or amy.belcher@agi.alabama.gov to receive an application. A copy of both applications are also available on the department’s website, www.agi.alabama.gov: Under the “Forms” tab, select either “Bicentennial Farm” or “Century & Heritage Farm.”

All applicants must complete the appropriate ownership registration form and return it to ADAI by Aug. 27. 

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