Sask. sees record year for century farm awards

Saskatchewan’s provincial land titles agency plans to present a record 661 Century Family Farm awards during 2009.

Information Services Corp. (ISC), the Crown agency managing land titles, mapping, vital statistics and geographic information systems (GIS), said in a release Tuesday that this year marks a “dramatic increase” in award recipients since it began managing the program in 2007.

The program, which honours families that have farmed their land for 100 years or more, has presented 3,355 such awards since 1981, most recently handing out 367 in 2008 and 325 in 2007.

“The response to the ISC Century Family Farm Award program in 2009 is a great indication that the awards have become a source of pride in Saskatchewan’s farming community,” ISC CEO Jeff Stusek said in the release. “It’s a privilege for ISC to be involved in honouring these Prairie farm families for following in their ancestors’ footsteps.”

The ISC Century Family Farm Awards are delivered on an annual basis. Recipients must apply for the awards by March 15. To qualify, members of the same family have farmed or ranched the land continuously for 100 years or more. The family must live in Saskatchewan and continue to operate the farm or ranch.

All recipients get a colour copy of their family’s original land grant or title, as well as ISC Century Family Farm Award certificates and a choice of an indoor wall plaque or a gate sign. All bear the ISC Century Family Farm Award logo, the family farm name and its year of establishment.

Four celebratory events are scheduled in June in Swift Current, Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton. The Swift Current event was held Tuesday.

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