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Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation

    Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program

    A program of the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation

    Application Guidelines

    Background

    The Century Farm & Ranch Program started in 1958, on the eve of the Statehood Centennial Celebration, to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land and recognize Oregon’s rich agricultural heritage. The program is administered through the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation and partially funded through a partnership with the Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Historical Society and other contributors. All applications are added to the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) Library and provide valuable information about settlement patterns, livestock and crop choices, building design and family history. Successful applicants receive a special certificate, with acknowledgement by the governor of Oregon and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. A metal roadside sign identifying their historical Century Farm or Century Ranch is also available at the owner’s expense.

    Qualifications________________________________________________________________

    1. Only the legal owner(s) of the property may apply for the Century Farm or Century Ranch status.

    2. Your farm or ranch must have been operated continuously in the same family for 100 years or more. A farm or

    ranch settled any time 100 years ago or earlier will be eligible if it meets other requirements.

    3. The farm or ranch must have a gross income from farming or ranching activities of not less than $1,000 per year

    for three out of the five years immediately preceding the application.

    4. You must live on the farm or ranch, or if you live off the farm or ranch, you must actively manage and direct the

    farming or ranching activity on the land. If the entire farm or ranch has ever been rented or leased, it may not

    qualify.

    5. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, siblings, or nephews and nieces.

    Adopted children will be recognized equally with other descendants.

    6. Applications must be submitted on official forms provided by the Century Farm and Ranch Program with all

    questions completed. Applicants must submit additional descriptive information on other family history details not

    specifically requested in the application (two or three pages of narrative). Copies of historical & current

    photographs of the farm or ranch and family are encouraged. All information, including photos, will be deposited

    in the OHS Library for future reference.

    7. All applications must include verification of continuous ownership for 100 years. Acceptable forms of proof

    include a document (either original or photocopy) showing date of earliest ownership. This may be provided

    through a Donation Land Claim, Deed of Sale, or Homestead Certificate. Other records, subject to review, include

    Family Bible, diary entry, or correspondence.

8. Applications must be signed and certified by a Notary Public.

9. Deadline for returning applications is June 1 of the current year. All applications postmarked by midnight of that

    date will be considered.

Fees

    A $65 non-refundable fee is required with each application. This fee covers administrative costs and

    includes one certificate. Additional certificates may be ordered at the time of application @ $20 each. Make

    checks payable to Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation or OAEF.

Where to Send Completed Application Packets

    When you have completed the form and gathered the necessary documentation, please send the pages titled

    Application and Statement of Affirmation and your documentation, with fee payment, to:

     Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program

     Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation

     3415 Commercial Street SE

     Salem, OR 97302

    (Suggestion: Make a file copy of your completed application form before mailing.)

Review Process and Notification

    All applications are checked for completeness by the program coordinator. They are reviewed in June by

    the Program Board. Following the review, all applicants will be notified about their status by mail.

Honoring Ceremony

    Successful applicants are invited to a special ceremony at the Oregon State Fair in Salem and receive a

    certificate, with acknowledgement by the governor of Oregon and the director of the State Department of

    Agriculture. The certificate has the name of the farm or ranch in calligraphy and is suitable for framing (11

    x 14 inches).

Still Have Questions About the Program?

    Please contact Sharon Leighty, Program Coordinator, at 503-400-7884 or cfr@oregonfb.org

    Note: A source to help you research a farm or ranch history, American Farms: Exploring Their History,

    written by R. Douglas Hurt, published by Krieger Publishing Co., Malabar, FL, originally printed in 1996,

    is available at some Oregon libraries or through interlibrary loan.

A program of the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation

Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program

    Application

Date ________________________________

Type of designation (please check) ; Century Farm ; Century Ranch

Legal owner / Applicant name_____________________________________________________________________

    Mailing address of Legal Owner / Applicant _______________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    Telephone ______________________________ E-mail address ________________________________________

    Contact name (if different than legal owner) _________________________________________________________

    Mailing address of contact_______________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

Contact telephone _____________________ Contact E-mail address ___________________________

Location of farm or ranch (which is the subject of this application):

County _______________________________

    Distance __________________ from nearest town ___________________________________________________

Township __________________ Range _____________________Section ____________________

Address or physical location of the farm or ranch (which is subject of this application): _______________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GPS (Global Positioning System) Coordinates, if known: _______________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

     (Please continue application on next page)

    Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Application - Continued

Founder(s):

    Original family owner(s) or founder(s) ___________________________________________________

    Date (year) this farm or ranch was acquired by founder(s) _______________________________________ (Attach verifying documentation. See Application Qualification #7)

    Who farms or ranches the land today? ____________________________________________________

    Relationship of applicant to original owner. Please explain lineage. (See Application Qualification #7)

History of buildings:

Are any of the original buildings still in use? ; Yes ; No

If yes, please describe the buildings and their former and current use:

Are any of the buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Yes No

    If, “yes”, please describe:

History of crops or livestock raised on farm or ranch:

What were the early crops or livestock?

How many acres were included in original farm or ranch?

    How did the crops / livestock / use of farm or ranch change over the years?

     (Please continue application on next page)

Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Application Continued

History of crops or livestock raised on farm or ranch Cont’d:

What are crops / livestock raised on the subject farm or ranch today?

How many acres does the subject farm or ranch include today?

How many acres are in agricultural use today?

The Family:

How many generations live on the farm or ranch today?

Please list names and birth years:

    Please submit two or three pages of family history narrative, including, but not limited to generational transfers of the farm or ranch. Please also submit historical & current photos of the property & family, if available. Digital format photos (at highest resolution [300 dpi] ) are particularly desirable, so that they may be used in publications, the CF&R Program Database or the web site. Submitted information, including photos, will be deposited in the OHS Library for future reference.

Type of information to include in your family history narrative:

     Where founder(s) may have moved to farm or ranch from

     Significant events in the family (births, deaths, marriages, etc)

     Any major changes to operations (methods of production, etc.)

     Additional information on crops, buildings, other changes from the original farm or ranch

     (Please continue application on next page)

Statement of Affirmation

     I, ___________________________________________________________________________________,

     hereby affirm and declare that the farm or ranch which I own at _________________________________

     ___________________________, in the County of __________________________________________

    has been owned by my family for at least 100 continuous years, as specified in the qualifications for the

    Century Farm & Ranch Program, on or before December 31 of the current calendar year. Further, I hereby

    affirm that this property meets all other requirements for Century Farm or Ranch honors, including that the

    farm or ranch has a gross income from farming or ranching activities of not less than $1,000 per year for

    three out of the five years immediately preceding making this statement. I understand that the application

    materials will become property of the Oregon Historical Society Library and be made available for public

    use. By signing below, I understand that I am consenting to the use of both information and photographs.

    Signature of Owner Date

     Certification by Notary Public

     State of Oregon

     County of _______________________________

     Be it remembered, that on this ______day of _______________, 20____, before me, the

    undersigned, a Notary Public in and for said county and state, personally appeared the within named

    ________________________________, known to me to be the identical individual described in and who

    executed the within instrument and acknowledged to me that ______________________________executed

    the same freely and voluntarily.

    In Testimony Whereof, I have set my hand and affixed my official seal the day and year

    last above written.

     __________________________

    Notary Public for Oregon

     My Commission Expires _________

Fees For office use only

    Application Fee

    (includes one certificate) $ 65.00 Date Received ___________________________

Additional Certificates ($20 each) $ ______ Approved? ; Yes ; No

Total enclosed $ ______ Authorization ___________________________

     Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Coordinator

    Make checks payable to: OHS Library

     Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation or OAEF

     MSS 1604 Program ID No. _________

     Rev 11/2006

    Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is a program

    of the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation

    Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program

    Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation

    3415 Commercial Street SE

    Salem, OR 97302

    503-400-7884

    cfr@oregonfb.org

    www.oregonfb.org

    Thank you for helping us preserve Oregon’s rich agriculture heritage and the important role it plays in keeping the state a healthy and vital place for Oregon residents and visitors. For more information about the Oregon

    Century Farm & Ranch Program visit www.oregonfb.org.

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