Minikis and Sanders farms recognized as Century Farms

The Minikis family of Woolstock was honored at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, August 15 as the family farm was recognized as an Iowa Century Farm. The Sanders family of Eagle Grove was also recognized at this time.

The Century Farms Program was established to recognize Iowa’s family owned farms that have been passed down for 100 years.

“When you consider the inherent risks that farmers assume every day, the 80s recession, and the current trade concerns, it is incredible to think of the challenges these families had to overcome to keep their farms for 100 to 150 years,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. “The Century and Heritage Farm program celebrates these families for their tenacity and dedication to agriculture.

Established in 1915, the Minikis farm was among the 332 farms introduced into the Century Farms Program. Three generations came to celebrate the recognition, with three daughters and 10 grandchildren who may one day inherit the family property.

“It’s exciting. We’re very honored to be a part of a century farm,” said Jan Minikis.

The Sanders farm was established in 1919.

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