The Minnesota Farm Bureau will recognize the Buxengard farm in Houston County, along with 32 other farms, as a sesquentennial farm in 2017.

The Wilmington Township farm will receive the Sesquicentennial Farm award during a program noon Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Houston County Fair large entertainment tent.

In order to qualify for the recognition, the family must have continuous ownership of the farm for 150 years or more. Also, the farm must consist of 50 or more acres and currently be involved in agricultural production.

The Buxengard farm was homesteaded in 1855 by Ole Knutson Buxengard, who immigrated to America from Norway. Through the years, the farm has continued ownership in the family with Knute Olson Buxengard, Gilbert Buxengard, Glenn Buxengard, Steven Buxengard and Kyle Buxengard.

A commemorative certificate signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap will be awarded, along with an outdoor sign signifying sesquicentennial farm recognition.

Since the sesquicentennial farm program began in 2008, over 225 farms have been recognized by Minnesota Farm Bureau.

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