Honoring Coshocton County’s agricultural roots

| June 10, 2014

COSHOCTON – Coshocton County is blessed with an agricultural heritage that has provided many historic, social and economic benefits to its modern-day citizens. Our early farm families laid the foundation for today’s food and agriculture industry – the number one industry in the state – which adds $105 billion to our economy each year.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Bicentennial and Century Farm program was established in 1993 as a way to honor our pioneering farm families. Nearly 1,100 Ohio farms which have been in the same family for at least 100 years are now registered as Ohio Bicentennial or Century Farms.

The Coshocton County Recorder’s Office is proud to recognize the 12 local families registered as Ohio Bicentennial or Century Farms: James and Wendy Schumaker (est. 1811); Herald Steven Mizer (est. 1816); Raymond Pew (est. 1818); Lowe Family (est. 1821); Gail Williamson (est. 1823); Dale and Mary Hamilton (est. 1828); Kirk Scheurman (est. 1831); Craig Powell (est. 1832); Mark Utley (est. 1832); Adrian Garber (est. 1840); Daniel and Marilyn Hothem (est. 1871); and Alice Moore (est. 1881).

Families who may qualify may learn more about the program on the website (www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/), or by contacting the Ohio Department of Agriculture at [email protected] or 614-752-9817. The Coshocton County Recorder’s Office offers assistance to help the family research ownership for the registration and has copies of the registration form; contact us at 622-2817.

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