The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture launched a new, interactive Web site that invites the general public to celebrate the contribution of century farms to the heritage of our nation. Century farms are those farms that have been in operation under the same family for more than 100 years. "Agriculture's Lasting Heritage" tells the story of American farm and ranch families who have shaped the history of the nation.

"Agriculture's Lasting Heritage" also commemorates more than the proud tradition of the American farm and ranch family, according to AFBF President Bob Stallman, who also serves as president of the foundation.

"Farms and ranches that have been in the same family, and supporting family members and local communities for generations stand as testament to the true sustainable character of American agriculture today," Stallman said. "Farmers and ranchers, by nature, are always committed to leaving the land in better condition for the next generation. We are proud to help raise awareness of that through this new Web site."

"Agriculture's Lasting Heritage" features a variety of components of interest non-farmers as well as farmers and ranchers. An interactive map allows the visitor to quickly link to a comprehensive list of state century farm programs and resources. Users will find an immediate connection with the farmers who operate our century farms, as they watch the story unfold through video profiles of a variety of farms. Written profiles also will be provided to offer additional stories of those who have contributed to the sustainability of our agriculture industry, and our nation.

Agriculture has played a significant role in the development of our nation. With this in mind, "Agriculture's Lasting Heritage" also provides an opportunity for the visitor to navigate through an interactive timeline of American history and agriculture.

Check out the free educational resources that support continued learning. Lesson plans that intricately combine American history standards with the progression of the agriculture industry are provided complete with all required resources.

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Source: American Farm Bureau Federation