Oregon ranches honored at the 2009 Century Ranch Awards Ceremony

Oct 30, 2009
by WLJ
Oregon ranches honored at the 2009 Century Ranch Awards Ceremony

At the recent Century Farm & Ranch Ceremony, 17 farms and two ranches from 11 counties were inducted as century farms, and Steve Gilbert of Gilbert Ranches in Linn County and Samuel Dement of Dement Ranch in Curry County were honored at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, bringing the total number of Oregon century farms and ranches to 1,101.

The Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land and to recognize Oregon’s rich agricultural heritage on the eve of the Statehood Centennial Celebration.

“The Century Ranch Award is an incredible achievement,” said Kay Teisel, executive director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. “We are thrilled to add more Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members to the list of honorees.”

To achieve a century farm or ranch designation, families submit a formal application process to a committee facilitated by the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation that qualifies that the farm is in continuous operation; has a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three out of the last five years; and currently live on the property and manage farm activities.

The century farm families include: Larry and Sheri Bartels, Marion County; Marie Brady, Douglas County; Helen A. Carleton, Klamath County; Glen L. Ek, Clackamas County; James B. Greiner, Gilliam County; Robert J. Hoffman, Clackamas County; Henry Jaeger and William Jaeger, Gilliam County; Doris Knox, Washington County; Leonard and Carol Obersinner, Marion County; Dan and Ann Louise Peters, Marion County; Herbert Luther Peterson, Morrow County; Robert and Sharon Shelburne, Yamhill County; James J. Schlechter, Marion County; Byron Scott Farms/Jenks, Linn County; Byron Scott Farms/Knighton, Linn County; Timothy A. and Mary L. Sowa, Clackamas County; and the Van Horn Vineyards, Hood River County.

The honorees and award winners received a certificate signed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba and a metal roadside sign denoting the century status and the name of the farm or ranch. — WLJ