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Wisconsin farm celebrates more than 100 years

Posted by Green Fun Store on 10/29/2010 to Farm Lifestyle
Farm life is something that may be passed down through generations, which includes Wisconsin's Greenfield family.

According to the New Richmond News, the Greenfield Farm celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009. That milestone was recognized by the Wisconsin State Fair and Hillshire Farm through the Century Farm designations, which is shared by just over 100 operations in the state.

The farm is currently owned by Donald and Bernadine Greenfield, who still work the land today. The paper noted the property includes 335 acres, most of which is used to grow crops.

"When I got out of the service I worked at a John Deere dealer for 12 and a half years and I built my own business 29 years ago," Donald told the News. "That helps to get a little money in the bank before you start farming. It helps to inherit the farm too."

Farm life may not be passed on to their two sons, as neither wants to take over the farm. Many rural areas are seeing younger people shy away from farming. However, the government is trying to encourage them with grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.