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Centennial Awards program looking to recognize long-time Nevada families

By ThisIsReno

NEVADA AGRICULTURAL COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE

If your farm or ranch has been in your family for 100 years or more, the Agricultural Council of Nevada would like to hear from you.

The Ag Council is the lead sponsor of Nevada’s Centennial Ranch and Farm Awards Program.  According to Liz Warner, program coordinator, forty long-time, family-owned agricultural operations have been recognized since the program started in 2004.

In 2010, the Anker Ranch in Lovelock, the Quilici Ranch in Dayton, Skip’s Place in Fallon, and the Lawrence Ranch in Fallon were inducted into the program.

“We know there are other long-time, continuously operating family ranches and farms dating back to the nineteenth-century that have not yet applied for Centennial status,” said Warner.  “We would like to add them to this prestigious list of Nevada’s pioneering families.”

As Nevada grows increasingly more urban, and the demands for water in the sprawling metropolitan areas lead to the further decline of farms and ranches, the Centennial Ranch and Farm Program is a wonderful means to recognize the long-time family-owned businesses dedicated to agriculture in our nation’s most arid state, wrote Guy Rocha, Nevada State Archivist.

Other sponsors of the Centennial Awards Program include the Nevada Agricultural Foundation, Cattlemen’s Assoc., Farm Bureau, Heritage Foundation, Dept. of Agriculture and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Applications are due by June 15, 2011.  For application forms and more information, contact Warner at (775) 857-8500 x 105 or go online to http://www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov/centennial_awards.html.