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Representative Gavarone Applauds Recognition of Two Wood County Farms as Ohio Historic Family Farms

COLUMBUS-State Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) applauded the recent announcement from the Ohio Department of Agriculture that two farms located within Wood County have been registered in the Ohio Historic Family Farms program.

The Ohio Historic Family Farms program recognizes century, sesquicentennial, or bicentennial farms that have been owned by the same family for 100, 150, or 200 years. It has more than 1,300 farms across Ohio registered. This past year, the program recognized Lang Farms, operated since 1909, and Reynolds Farms, operated since 1907, which are both located within the 3rd House District.

“This is truly an incredible accomplishment for the Reynolds and Lang families,” said Rep. Gavarone. “Agriculture is vital for Wood County, and it certainly is not an easy industry to make a living.  It is a testament to the hard work of these two families to be the only ones out of over 1,000 farms in the county to have both been established and run by the same family for over a century.”

With over 1,066 farms averaging at 287 acres each in Wood County, agriculture is a critically important industry within the region. According to the 2015 report by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, approximately 67% of land in Wood County is dedicated to farming, and it is the third ranked county in the state in terms of soybean and wheat production. Other agriculture products include hogs and cattle.

(Editor’s note: There are more than 40 other Ohio Historic Farms in Wood County. The 2 mentioned here were added to the list in 2016. Congratulations to all.)

More information regarding the registration requirements and application process to be considered an Ohio Historic Family Farm can be found at http://www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/.

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