Information provided by American Farm Bureau’s Staff
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture launched American Century Farms, a new, interactive website that invites the general public to celebrate the contribution of century farms to the heritage of our nation. Century farms are those farms that have been in operation under the same family for more than 100 years. Appropriately named “Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage,” this website tells the story of American farm and ranch families who have shaped the history of our nation.
“Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage” also commemorates more than the proud tradition of the American farm and ranch family, according to AFBF President Bob Stallman, who also serves as president of the foundation.
“Farms and ranches that have been in the same family, and supporting family members and local communities for generations stand as testament to the true sustainable character of American agriculture today,” Stallman said. “Farmers and ranchers, by nature, are always committed to leaving the land in better condition for the next generation. We are proud to help raise awareness of that through this new website.”
“Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage” features a variety of components to interest American families as well as farmers and ranchers. An interactive map allows the visitor to quickly link to a comprehensive list of state century farm programs and resources. Users will find an immediate connection with the farmers who operate our century farms, as they watch the story unfold through video profiles of a variety of farms. Written profiles also will be provided to offer additional stories of those who have contributed to the sustainability of our agriculture industry, and our nation.
Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers believes this project is one way to show how sustainable agriculture is in the United States. “Sustainable gets bantered about too frequently today,” he says. “This web site will represent farm and ranch families in business for generations while highlighting the business opportunities they’ve taken to grow their families and their farms. It reflects our traditional roots and our sustainability as an industry.”
Rogers, whose own family has been in farming for more than 100 years, will be another family featured on “Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage.”
Agriculture has played a significant role in the development of our nation. With this in mind, “Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage” also provides an opportunity for the visitor to navigate through an interactive timeline of American history and agriculture.
Parents, teachers and volunteer educators will enjoy the free educational resources that support continued learning. Lesson plans that combine American history standards with the progression of the agriculture industry are provided complete with all required resources.
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