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Manitoba government announces new Legacy Farm Award


January 30, 2020
By Manitoba Agriculture

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A new category has been added to the Manitoba Farm Family Recognition program, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced recently.

“Agriculture has changed greatly over the past 150 years and it’s important that we recognize those families that have been involved in the industry for generations,” Pedersen said. “With technology advancing at such a rapid rate, it’s exciting to think of where we may be 150 years from now, but it’s important that we don’t forget our past.”

As part of Manitoba’s 150th birthday, the Legacy Farm Award has been created to celebrate farm families that have 150 consecutive years as a Manitoba Farm Family. The Century (100 years) and Heritage (125 years) Family Farm Awards will still be available.

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“Going back 150 years ago, about 90 per cent of the population were farmers. These farms produced enough to feed their families, with limited surplus to trade or export,” said Pedersen. “Now about four per cent of our population are actively farming and agriculture production is a key economic driver in our province.”

Since the first Century Farm was recognized in 1981, there have been more than 1,810 farms that have received the award. There have been an additional 97 farms that have received the Heritage Farm award since the first was recognized in 2010.

To be eligible for the award, the land must have been held in continuous ownership by direct descendants of the original owner, with a minimum land area of at least 20.23 hectares (50 acres) over the life of the farm.

For more information on the Manitoba Family Farm Recognition program or to apply for one of the awards, visit www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/.