08-06-19 Inside the Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program with Philip Clapham…

Inside the Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program with Philip Clapham…

Twenty-two Farms & Ranches will be recognized at the 2019 CO State Fair

The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 6, 2019 – Across the nation, family farms and ranches, historic barns and other agricultural sites are disappearing at an alarming rate. In Colorado, the family farm and working cattle ranches serve as a reminder of how the West was settled. The contributions of Colorado’s ranching and farming families have withstood the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought, and economic conditions to preserve these important pieces of our state’s commercial and cultural history. The Colorado Centennial Farms and Ranches program not only illustrates the significance of agricultural sites to the development of Colorado, but also shows how vital these properties are to the well-being of our state today. Colorado Centennial Farms and Ranches provide open space and food, as well as support for our state’s economy and a reminder of our past.

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Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss History CO’s Centennial Farms & Ranches Program and officially announce the 2019 Honorees is Philip Clapham, Preservation Communications Manager @ History Colorado…

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To apply or learn more, please visit www.historycolorado.org/centennial-farms-ranches or call (303) 866-3392.

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Twenty-two Centennial Farms & Ranches to be recognized by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and History Colorado

DENVER, Colo. (JULY 23, 2019)—Twenty-two Colorado families that have owned and operated their farms and ranches for 100 years or more will be honored at the 33rd annual Centennial Farms & Ranches ceremony on Friday, August 23 at 1 p.m. at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

These families represent Colorado’s proud agricultural heritage, persevering through over 100 years of changes and challenges.

The families will receive certificates signed by Governor Jared Polis, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg, and Executive Director of History Colorado Steve W. Turner. They will also receive Centennial Farm & Ranch signs to proudly display on their properties.

Since 1986, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the Colorado State Fair, and History Colorado have partnered to honor our state’s agricultural heritage with the Centennial Farms & Ranches program.

When this year’s ceremony is complete, the State of Colorado will have recognized 603 Centennial Farms and Ranches.

This year’s Centennial Farms and Ranches:

Aspaas Ranch—1913
Hesperus, La Plata County
Dolezal Farm—1917
Julesburg, Sedgwick County
Bagley Hills Ranch, Inc.—1914
Eckley, Yuma County
Enstrom Ranch—1911
Nucla, Montrose County
Baker Farms—1917
Akron, Washington County
Kleve Farm and Ranch—1919
Holyoke, Phillips County
Boerner Farm—1916
Fleming, Logan County
Lewton Family Farm—1919
Bennett, Adams County
Brent Wertz Farm—1919
McClave, Bent County
Lorenzini Farms—1919
Weldona, Morgan County
Brown Ranch—1915
Clark, Routt County
M&M Hahn Family Partnership, LLC—1910
Yuma, Yuma County
Davis Ranch—1919
Walsenburg, Huerfano County
Miller Ranch—1919
Westcliffe, Custer County
Perry Ranch—1911
Toponas, Routt County
Rod & June Ulrich Farm—1919
LaSalle, Weld County
Purcell Ranch—1919
Ault, Weld County
Schmittel Ranch—1911
Saguache, Saguache County
Renzelman Ranch—1916
Wray, Yuma County
Seufer Farm—1919
Holly, Prowers County
Moellenberg Ranch—1914
Idalia, Yuma County
Weyerman Ranch—1893
Idalia, Yuma County

The ceremony is open to the public and takes place at 1 p.m at the Weatherport Tent on Friday, August 23 at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

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History Colorado’s mission is to inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through our museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections, and outreach to Colorado communities. Find History Colorado on all major social media platforms. Visit HistoryColorado.org or call (303) HISTORY for more information.