A trio of area farms — one in Morrow County and two in Umatilla County — are being recognized as part of the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program.
Properties receiving century status include the Brown Farm via applicant Chris E. Brown, which was founded in Morrow County in 1912 by Chris P. Brown. The Umatilla County farms include the Howard-Allstott Ranch, founded in 1884 by William M. Howard. The applicants are Richard and Dorothy Howard Allstott. The other is the Rockwell-Doherty Ranch, founded in 1906 by Seth H. and Sarah Rockwell. The applicant is Richard Doherty of Brand X Ranch LLC.
The Morrow and Umatilla county century farms are being recognized along with nine others from across the state and two sesquicentennial farms and ranches. The ceremony is Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. in the Picnic Grove Area at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. The public is invited to the special event that celebrates Oregon’s agricultural heritage.
The Oregon Century Farm & Century Ranch Program is a statewide recognition program honoring farmers and ranchers who have worked the same land for at least 100 years. The program is administered through the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education and is partially funded through a partnership of the Oregon Farm Bureau, Wilco, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office and the Oregon State University Libraries’ University Archives.
Since the start of the program in 1958, registration has included 1,212 farms and ranches from across the state. The Sesquicentennial Award features farms that have existed for 150 years or more — the program has recognized 41 farms that have reached that mark. Oregon has one of the oldest agricultural heritage programs of this type in the entire nation.