Schrage farm recognized as Century Farm

The Schrage family farm was recognized as a Century Farm at the Iowa State Fair. L-R: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Jay and Sue Schrage, Andrea Schrage, and Craig Hill, President of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. (Submitted photo.)

A Clarksville farm owned by Susan and Jay Schrage was recognized at the Iowa State Fair by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey as a Century Farm this year.

     “The Century and Heritage Farm awards ceremony is one of my favorite days of the year,” Northey said. “It is a tremendous celebration of the families who have cared for the land and raised the crops and livestock that helped build our state and feed the world.  To own a farm for 100 or 150 years is a testament to the values of land stewardship, hard work, patience, dedication and perseverance that are found in Iowa’s farm families.”

     The original 80-acre farm, where Susan Schrage grew up, was purchased by her great great grandmother Bridget Cadam in 1899 for $3600, only 44 years after Philander Cook homesteaded the land in 1855.

     “Growing up on the farm is the best. I think all kids should have to grow up on a farm. They learn more responsibilities,” Schrage said.


Read more in the September 14th Star and Tribune/Journal.