Sesquicentennial farm honored

The Meenen farm near Forrest, owned by Ray Meenen, has been designated a Sesquicentennial Farm from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

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 the historical distinction to their farm after the application for designation as a Sesquicentennial Farm was approved.

This program helps to reinforce that family farming remains a viable entity in Illinois agriculture, according to acting state agriculture director Jerry Costello II. Over a thousand farms have been recognized since the program’s inception in the 1970s. Centennial Farm owners receive outdoor display signage and a certificate signed by the governor and director of agriculture. They are also recognized during Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.

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