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Century Farms Program TAKING PRIDE IN OUR RURAL HERITAGE
Since the land of Iowa was opened up to settlers in 1833, agriculture has been the heart of Iowa. The family farm represents the traditions and heritage upon which our State was built. Today, those individuals and families, who followed in the foot steps of their ancestors, continue to produce crops and livestock on that same land. The Century Farms Program recognizes and honors those individuals who have owned the farm land for 100 years or more. The program began in 1976 as part of the Bicentennial Celebration, when over 5,000 certificates and farm markers were distributed across Iowa at local ceremonies.
The program was sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, with the endorsement of the Iowa American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. Members of the original Century Farm Recognition Committee were Ronald R. Woodin, Deputy Adjutant General of Iowa; James Meimann, Iowa Department of Agriculture; Gene Maahs, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Murray Goodman, Iowa American Revolution Bicentennial Commission and Kris Lischefska, secretary. Since 1976 over 15,000 families have been recognized. The Awards Ceremony is held each year at the Iowa State Fair.
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JOYCE ANDERSON, ELAINE NERDIG and BARB MARTIN
BUFFALO CENTER, 1917
he 160 acre AnderT son Family Farm was bought by Ole Anderson in 1917. After his death, it was bought by his son Archie and his wife, Etta. As of 1983 to the present, it is owned by the Anderson heirs. Joyce Anderson, daughter-inlaw, lives on the acreage.
Ole Anderson was the grandfather of her late husband, Ronald. The house is the only original building left on the farm. The operation at first was dairy cows, hogs, chickens, oats, hay and corn. The farm is still 160 acres and is in corn and soybeans, farmed
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by Darren Beenken. The Anderson Family Farm has special meaning to all the family members. To some it
is home, to others it is family memories with grandparents and cousins. Everyone enjoys coming back to the farm.
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TOMMY JOHN AND CHRYL ALANN HILL BELMOND, 1917
The Hill Farm was purchased in 1917 by John and Christine Hill, decendants of family that came to America from Norway. In 1953 their son and daughter-in-law, Chester and Marjorie Hill, purchased the farm. Chester and Marjorie Hill lived on the farm, raising livestock and planting grain, from 1957 until they moved into Belmond in 1979, renting the ground to Alfred and Edwin Johnson of Kanawha. In 1997, Chester and Marjorie Hill’s son, Tom and Chryl Hill, acquired the farm and continue to rent the farm to the Johnsons.
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he Century Farm was first in the family in T March of 1880, when the first 40 acres were acquired. The first owner was Peter Klapperich, greatgreat grandfather of Reid. Then John Klapperich, great-grandfather followed by Bernard Klapperich, grandfather. Reid’s father, Lawrence Klapperich was next followed by Reid and Barbara Klapperich, the current owners, who bought the farm. Reid and Barbara Klapperich, along with their daughter, Jill Marsh, are farming the land. The original number of acres was 40. There are 200 acres now. Current operation is crop farming. Over the decades there have been dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, pigs and horses on the farm, with a variety of crops being grown. There are no original buildings.
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nown as the Trampel Farm, the CenK tury Farm was first owned by Peter and Jenny Trampel, and then was bought by their son, Clarence, Ruth’s husband. It is now being farmed by her son, Richard. Originally 160 acres, the farm is now 140 acres, with 20 acres of farmland being sold off. For Peter and Jenny Trampel, the op-
eration was everything, from livestock to pasture to grain. It is now mostly grain, corn and soybeans. There are several original buildings, including the barn and crib. The house was first, when the farm was purchased, and is still in use. Ruth Trampel sees the legacy of the farm as “keeping it in the Trampel name.”
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RUFUS J. GLASSEL PLYMOUTH, 1917
Known as the Glassel Farm, this Century Farm was first owned by Emal Glassel, grandfather to Rufus. It next went to Roy Glassel, Rufus’s father, and then Rufus inherited the farm. Rufus is not farming the land now, but it is being farmed by family. The farm started out as 80 acres and is now 200 acres. Originally, the operation was “everything,” from cattle, hogs, chickens, grain and pasture. It is now strictly grain. There are no original buildings. Rufus Glassel sees the legacy of the farm as, “100 years is quite an accomplishment.”
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ERNEST HANSON & CHILDREN: BEV DANT, LONNA WANTLAND, RON HANSON
HERITAGE FARM, NORTHWOOD, 1867
he name of the farm is the Hanson Heritage T Farm. Ernest’s grandfather Erick Hanson and his brother Hans purchased the south and north farms in 1867. His parents Emil and Clara (Kvale) Hanson bought the farm in 1914. In 1954, Ernest and Erma (Dieterich) Hanson purchased the 210 acres. They had farmed it since their marriage in 1949. The north farm was passed down from Hans to his son Amos in 1908 and from Amos to his daughter Alice (Hanson) and Ed Trustem in 1945. Ernest and Erma purchased both south and north farms in 1969, consolidating the two farms for a total of
361 acres. In the beginning, horses were used for farming. Livestock included hogs, cattle and chickens. Starting in 1954, feedlots were built for beef cattle and corn and hay were used to feed livestock. The land is presently rented and is in corn and beans. The feedlots are rented for background cattle to reach a certain weight. There are no original buildings from 1867. The restored house was built in 1884 and the barn in 1902. The importance of the farm to the family is to remember the folks who went before us—those who were born and raised on the farm.
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DAREN MENNENGA, MARGARET MENNENGA BELMOND, 1893
Menno Frohling purchased the Century Farm for $2,650 for 80 acres in 1893. His daughter Margaretha Frohling married Heye Mennenga in 1870. Owners inherited the original 80 acres, adding adjacent parcels through the generations. The farm is now 200 acres. Menno Frohling is the great, great, great grandfather of Daren and Duan Mennenga. Next was Heye Mennenga, their great, great grandfather and then great grandfather John Mennenga and grandfather Harry Mennenga. Larry and Margaret Mennenga are the father and mother of Daren and Duan. Margaret owns 120 acres of the farm and Duan and Daren received 40 acres each after their father passed away five years ago. The Daren Mennenga family lives on the original homestead. The land is rented out and corn and soybeans are rotated. Daren raises 6000 hogs per year. The land has an importance to the family and it was instilled in the family that the farm would take care of you. That became evident when Grandmother Esther Frohling Mennenga had a long battle with Alzheimers and then fell and broke her hip. For 16 years, the land rent helped with a long term facility.
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At the State Fair, the Mennenga family was awarded 2017 Century Farm honors for two farms. The two original 80 acre farms are part of the current 200 acres, and considered all the same by the family. The original 80 acres were purchased by Menno Frohling, whose daughter Margaretha married Heye Mennenga. Adjacent parcels were added through the later generations. The importance of the land to the family is that it was instilled in them that the farm would take care of you, as it did for 16 years in a long term care facility for Esther Frohling Mennenga, grandmother of Duan and Daren Mennenga.
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CRAIG R. CLASSON, SR.
larence and Ida Classon purC chased the Century Farm in 1916 for $14,000, or about $1142.86 an acre. They moved to the farm in 1916 and lived there are long as they lived. Clarence survived Ida, and was killed in an auto accident in 1951. Ralph Classon, Craig’s father, bought the farm from the estate, moving his family to the farm around 1954. He was born on the farm. Ralph Classon passed away in 2008 and Craig purchased the farm from the estate in 2012, making him the third generation to farm the land. Now retired, Craig has a tenant farming the ground.
The farm was originally purchased from the USA government in 1855 by William Raymond. It was then sold to the Grupe family in 1886 and then to the Classons in 1916. The Classon ancestors came from Norway in 1825 on a sloop and made their way to Illinois and then later to Iowa. Clarence has a brother Jesse who owned a farm near Popejoy and pursuaded Clarence to buy a farm in the area. That turned out to be the Classons Century Farm. The original farm was 98 acres and today is 78 acres. Clarence Classon raised oats, corn,hay, hogs, sheep, beef, chickens and horses. Ralph followed
adding soybeans, but did not have sheep and horses. Craig raised corn and soybeans. The house was there in 1916, but Craig was not sure of the well house and garage. The original barn was struck by lightning in the 1940’s and burned to the ground. They tried to rescue the horses but a few ran back into the barn and were lost. The farm means memories of good times, rural life and family, working together on the farm, plus all the birthdays and holiday gatherings. Memories that they hope will be passed on to the next generation of Classons.
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NANCY SHERIFF, RICHARD GROSS and ROBERT GROSS. Life use, GLADYS GROSS THORNTON, 1908
istorically, the Century Farm did not H have a name, but for the program it was called the Gross Family Farm, purchased in 1908 by Soren Petersen and his wife, Mathilda, of Thornton, great grandparents of the current owners. Their daughter, Lena, married Otto Gross of Sheffield in 1907, and they moved onto the farm when it was purchased in 1908. The price for the farm was $62 per acre for 245 acres, now approximately 157 acres. It was purchased from C.H. and
Mary Larkin. Otto and Lena, grandparents of the current owners, farmed the land until 1941 when they moved to Thornton. Their son, Buford Gross, had married Gladys Miller from Rockwell, and began farming the land in 1941. Buford and Gladys are the parents of the current owners. Lena had life use of the farm, and when she died in 1962, her four children became the owners. The children were Leona, Orpha, Eunice and Buford. Then,
in 1962, Buford bought the interests of his sisters and he and Gladys continued the farming operation until 1981, when he retired. The remainder interest was transferred to their three children, Nancy Sheriff, Richard Gross and Robert Gross. Buford and Gladys retained life use. Buford died in 1992 and Gladys is currently a resident of Good shepherd in Mason City. She will be 98 in October and has life use of the farm. The three children own the remainder interest. The farm is currently being operated by
family members. Originally, the farming operation was beef and dairy cattle, hogs, chickens, corn, beans and oats. Currently the operation is corn and beans. The building site was sold off in the 1990’s, and the farm does not have any of the original buildings. The legacy of the farm is that it was the center of the family’s world for generations, and created a way of life that provided a substantial living and a place to grow, work, play and learn.
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WAYNE AND ANITA SPONHEIM OSAGE, 1903
The Century Farm was purchased by Henry Sponheim in 1903 for $64 an acre. He was the great grandfather of Wayne Sponheim. Wayne’s great uncle Selmer Sponheim had the farm until 1983, when it was purchased by Wayne and Anita Sponheim and they remain the owners to the present, with Wayne currently farming the land. The farm was originally 80 acres. The legacy of the farm comes from the history. Henry’s wife died in childbirth the same year he bought it and his parents lived in the log cabin to help raise two boys and help with the farm.
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Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today’s farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public. Many people have an outdated view of a farm as a small, family-owned and operated parcel of land where livestock is raised in open pens and crops are hand-harvested when ripe. The reality is that modern-day farms have had to overhaul operations to meet demand and remain competitively priced while adapting to the ever-changing ways technology infiltrates all parts of life. Each of these
factors present obstacles demand. Older workers for today’s farmers. who have been schooled in one way of agriculture may Technology have a significant impact on Rural farming communi- labor supply and the vitalties are expected to make an ity of farming as a career. effort to integrate modern Younger adults who are technology into an indus- knowledgeable in technoltry that has been around for ogy may no longer seek out centuries. But such a tran- agricultural careers. sition in rural areas, where communications systems Decrease in farming may not be as up-to-date as an occupation as those in urban areas, is not always so easy. The United States EnAccording to the Man- vironmental Protection itoba Rural Adaptation Agency says that only about Council, a shift from a re- 960,000 Americans claim source-based to an infor- farming as their principal mation-based economy, occupation. As that figure compounded by the rapid has dwindled, the average introduction and expansion age of farmers continues of new technology in the to rise, as the Bureau of workplace, has altered farm Labor Statistics notes that operation and the skills in roughly 40 percent of the
farmers in this country are 55 years old or older. This has led to concerns about the long-term health of family farms throughout the United States.
Environmental concerns Many farmers have come under scrutiny for how farming impacts the environment. A growing emphasis on sustainability and conservation has led many people to protest certain farming practices. Protesters claim that certain practices, such as raising livestock, can pollute water, while the use of fertilizers and chemical pesticides is bad for the environment. Many farmers, however, have altered their methods to be more environmentally friendly
and self-sustainable in the process. Climate change is another environmental issue farmers must deal with. Strong storms and severe droughts have made farming even more challenging.
The ongoing recession of the last half-decade has also affected farmers. In November of 2012, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the unemployment rate within the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industries was at 13.6 percent, far higher than the national unemployment rate. As a result, many farm families have found themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place, as rising costs for equipment and technology are being cou-
pled with decreasing profits and rising unemployment. Further complicating matters is competition from corporations and international food producers who have made it difficult for family farmers to turn a significant profit. Many family farmers rely on loans and lines of credit to survive, but thanks to changes in the financial sector that saw banks become less willing to extend lines of credit, some farmers are facing bankruptcy. Though it can be easy for those who do not work in the agricultural industry to overlook the struggles facing today’s agricultural professionals, a greater understanding of those struggles and the challenges that lay ahead can benefit the industry and its employees down the road.
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Farm to table businesses booming Consumers’ appetites for local foods are growing, and restaurants have taken notice. Today, many local businesses, including farms and restaurants, have mutually exclusive relationships that make it possible for local residents to enjoy nutritious, locally produced
meals. According to the market research firm Packaged Facts, local foods generated $11.7 billion in sales in 2014 and will climb to $20.2 billion by 2019. Farm-to-table remains a growing trend that benefits farmers, restaurateurs and consumers. This
is evidenced by the rising number of farmers markets cropping up in neighborhoods all across the country, as well as the niche offerings by regional food purveyors. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that, in the last 20 years, the number of farmers markets has grown
by more than 350 percent. Many consumers are now choosing “local” for dining at home and when dining out, and this is making a major impact on the nation’s food systems. Foodies as well as industry experts predict that the local foods movement is a permanent and mainstream trend. In 2014, the National Restaurant Association found the desire for local foods dominated its “Top Food Trends.” The most in-demands foods include locally sourced meats and seafood as well as locally sourced produce. Consumers also are interested in farm/estate-branded foods. Some restaurants are even producing “hyper-local” food, or herbs and produce grown right on the property.
As the demand for local foods has evolved, so has the term “local foods.” “Local” can be a wide-ranging term that refers to foods produced in a particular town, state or even region. The 2008 Farm Act defines a “locally or regionally produced agricultural food product” as one that is marketed less than 400 miles from its origin. However, a few states have established more stringent rules that indicate “local” constitutes food produced within the borders of a state or within a small perimeter of the state. The growing preference for locally produced foods is great news for the farmers and small food producers that have long fought for footing among the mega-importers. According to the trade publication Pro-
duce Business, even though “local” does not place limits on the size of the farm, the growing desire among consumers to go local is benefitting many small and midsized farms, as consumers are increasingly buying foods grown closer to where they live. In addition to meats, fruits and vegetables, consumers can find many locally made items that expand the potential for farmto-table. These include, but are not limited to, artisanal cheeses, wines, beer, baked goods, milk and other dairy, and honey. Local, sustainable foods are in demand, helping not only local restaurants and merchants, but also the small and medium farms that service these establishments.
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he first owner of the Abbas T Century Farm was J.J. Sailer, who had traveled from Germany where he raised vineyards and planned to establish vineyards here. Family history has it that he “found a bunch of land,” besides the 80 acres that established this Century Farm. The land then went to John Sailer, Jr., J.J.’s son. The Abbas children’s grandmother was John, Jr.’s sister. There was a double marriage between the brother and sister, Sailer to Abbas and Abbas to Sailer. After John, Jr., Howard Abbas took over the land in 1958. Howard and Dorothy Abbas purchased the 80 acres somewhere in the 1960’s for $600/ acre. The family moved to the farm when Steve was five. Howard Abbas died three years ago, and Dorothy
is a co-owner. Steve farms the land with his son Tom. Both have fulltime jobs and created t-shirts reading, “When we are farming, we are having fun.” Steve bought the acreage where the buildings sat. In the 1890’s, J. J. Sailer added 160 connected acres. It is now 230 acres. J.J. owned a number of parcels of land in the area. The family attended the state ceremony for 2017 Century Farms with one exception, a brother who is a missionary in Papau, New Guinea. Their grandmother built the barn first, typical of the times. The family always had horses; it was why the barn was built. Steve and his wife have lived in the original farm house, built in1917, for 31 years. And they still have the barn. One family story Steve tells about grandma going to country school is
that she walked through swampy farm ground infested with snakes to get to school. She didn’t think it was fun. She is now 103 and lived there for a time and taught in a country school south of Hampton for a couple of years. The railroad went through Hampton, so it became the county seat for Franklin County. The original operation on the farm included cattle, oats, hay,hogs and chickens. The oats and hay were not cash crops; they were for the livestock. Corn and beans are the current crops. Going back to J. J. Sailer, the legacy of the farm is important to the family. There has always been a member of the family living in the house except for one year, then Howard and Dorothy Abbas moved into it. The family is proud of that.
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The Tanruther Century Farm originally came down from the Denzler family and has been handed down to members of the Tanruther family. The family participates in the production of crops. None of the buildings are original. There are 240 gross acres.
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