Applications open for annual farm awards

The AKSARBEN Foundation is accepting applications for the annual Nebraska Pioneer and Heritage Farm Awards.

Sponsored by the AKSARBEN Foundation and Nebraska Farm Bureau, this program recognizes farm families in Nebraska whose land has been owned by members of the same family for 100 and 150 years.

A family may receive one award at a time, so apply for either the 100-year or the 150-year award.

It is critical that the farm’s historical information is factual. AKSARBEN Foundation requires that the county fair board for the county in which the land is located approve each application at a fair board meeting. For this reason, applications are submitted by the farm family to the local fair board by April 30.

An alphabetical list of the Nebraska counties provides the county fair board president’s names, address and phone number to assist with the application process.

Upon receipt of the approved applications, the AKSARBEN Foundation will check for duplications from prior years and then notify those families that will be honored. This process is to ensure that data collected from the application is correct and that awards produced will be accurate.

Due to the tight timelines for verification of data and production of the awards/gatepost markers, applications cannot be accepted after the deadline.

The farm awards are presented to the family or their designee at their local county fair. A county fair board’s representative will contact families to provide the date, time and location of the award presentation.

Each farm is awarded one plaque and one gatepost marker. After the fair, the family may purchase additional plaques or markers directly from the trophy company.

Contact Jody Siedelmann, public relations assistant, for additional information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (402) 554-9600 ext. 107.