Perkins Farm in LaFayette granted sesquicentennial status

Pictured with the Perkins Family Farm sesquicentennial sign is from left: Delores (Perkins) Seckman, Davis Blumhagen (son) and Tonya Pike (daughter).

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has designated the farm in LaFayette owned by Delores (Perkins) Seckman, of LaFayette, 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 Perkins family received this historical distinction to their farm after their application for designation as a Sesquicentennial Farm was approved. Jacob Emery purchased the farm in 1857 and ownership has stayed within the family since that time.

“I am privileged to present this distinction to the Perkins 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 Farm program helps reinforce that family farming remains a viable entity in Illinois agriculture.”

The Illinois Sesquicentennial Farms program has recognized farms since its inception in 2000. Sesquicentennial Farm owners receive outdoor display signage and a certificate signed 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, PO Box 19281, Springfield, IL 62794-9281.

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