Lee County farm granted Sesquicentennial status

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Agriculture has designated the farm in LaMoille owned by the Rapp-Neill family of LaMoille a Sesquicentennial Farm. To qualify as a Sesquicentennial Farm, the agricultural property must be owned by a straight or collateral line of descendants for at least 150 years. The Rapp family received this historical distinction to their farm after their application for designation as a Sesquicentennial Farm was approved.

“I am privileged to present this distinction to the Rapp family,” said Agriculture Director Raymond Poe. “This designation not only honors their farm operation today, but also their ancestors who labored through adversity to maintain the family farm. The Sesquicentennial Farms program helps to reinforce that family farming remains a viable entity in Illinois agriculture.

The Illinois Sesquicentennial Farm program has recognized farms since its inception in 2000. Sesquicentennial Farm owners receive outdoor display signage and a certificate by the Governor and the Director of Agriculture. They are also recognized at “Agriculture Day” at the Illinois State Fair.

Application information may be requested by writing to the Illinois Centennial/Sesquicentennial Farms Program, Illinois Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield IL 62794-9281.