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Bureau County farm granted sesquicentennial status

WALNUT — The Illinois Department of Agriculture has designated the Meisenheimer family farm in Walnut owned by the Meisenheimer family as a Sesquicentennial Farm.

To qualify as a Sesquicentennial Farm, a straight or collateral line of descendants must own the agricultural property for at least 150 years. The family received this historical distinction to their farm after their application for designation as a Sesquicentennial Farm was approved.

“I am privileged to present this distinction to this amazing family,” said Agriculture Acting Director Jerry Costello II. “This designation not only honors their farm operation today, but also their ancestors who labored through adversity to maintain the family farm. The Sesquicentennial Farm program helps to reinforce that family farming remains a viable entity in Illinois agriculture.”

The Illinois Sesquicentennial Farms program has recognized more than 1,072 farms since its inception in the early 1970’s. Sesquicentennial Farm owners receive outdoor display signage and a certificate signed by the Governor and the Director of Agriculture. They are also recognized at “Agriculture Day” at the Illinois State Fair.

Application information may be requested by writing to the Illinois Centennial/Sesquicentennial Farms Program, Illinois Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281 or by visiting agriculture.illinois.gov.

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