Seven Sesquicentennial Farms and one Century Farm were honored at the Goodhue County Fair tonight.  The Minnesota Farm Bureau and Minnesota State Fair work  together on the program of recognition providing signs for the recipients.

Past Goodhue County Fair Board President Jim Foss introduced the honorees and conducted interviews with them.  Foss had some knowledge of each of them.  Whether it be the current or a previous generation.

The lone Century Farm to be honored was the Jacobson Farm of Nerstrand which was started in 1919.

Joe Jacobson told those in attendance his grandfather actually homesteaded a different farm in 1916 and then bought the current farm in 1919.  His dad moved to the newer farm when he got married and Jacobson was born there.  Joe bought the farm in 1967 and still lives in the farm house but rents the land out.

Jim Foss with Microphone Visits with Joe Jacobson of Nerstrand. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

Sesquicentennial farms recognized this year were:

  • Greg and Pamela Germann Red Wing 1869
  • Tom and Mary Ann Anderson Zumbrota  1869
  • Christopher and Stephanie Kalass Zumbrota  1867
  • Loretta and Larry Lee    Randolph           1860
  • Gary and Judy Luebke  Kenyon               1860
  • Kristine Ugland Nystuen  Kenyon             1865

Each of the farms honored received a sign they can proudly display on their farm.  The Minnesota Farm Bureau website listings of Sesquicentennial Farms in the state lists Goodhue County with the most at 34.  Rice County has 9.

Goodhue County also has 275 Century Farms.  Stearns County has 353 Century Farms to lead the state.  Rice County has 180.