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Eye on Agriculture: Centennial Farm

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Across North Dakota, farmers are gearing up for what could be a big harvest.

But before harvest hits at one farm near Makoti, there's a special celebration scheduled.

In our Eye on Agriculture, Jim Olson takes us to the site of a newly-designated centennial farm.

(Scott Tellefson, Ward County Farmer) "I don't ever remember it not being here. I don't!"

Scott Tellefson says this hole in the ground - that his father built as a trampoline - is 50 years old. That makes it half as old as the farmstead where it sits.

(Scott Tellefson, Ward County Farmer) "My great grandpa Julius came out here in 1913...homesteaded it."

After great grandfather Julius came grandfather Roy and Scott's father Robert before he began operating the farm in the far southwest corner of Ward County. As the sign proclaims, this farm is now in its second century in a single family.

(Scott Tellefson, Ward County Farmer) "Not everybody can claim that. The 30s were hard on people and a lot of them changed hands then so it'll be another 20 years before some of the farms are going to be 100 years old."

But the Tellefson farm persevered. And now, while Scott works on machinery to make sure it's all ready for the harvest, plans are also in the works for a special celebration this Sunday. The Tellefsons will be marking their designation as a North Dakota Centennial Farm.

(Scott Tellefson, Ward County Farmer) "Anybody that wants to come. Our family is so small, it's just myself and my two sisters, my mom, my dad passed away coming on four years ago now, so we're a small family but hopefully some of the neighbors will come and friends."

And while the party this weekend will commemorate 100 years of farming within a single family, there's a bit of a dark cloud on the horizon.

(Anybody following you?)

(Scott Tellefson, Ward County Farmer) "Don't look like it." (That's kind of a sad thing.) "Yeah it is...it's just that family farms are kind of going by the wayside...in reality."

Scott figures the land may be rented out when he retires since he has no offspring interested in continuing the farming tradition. It's sad, but a sign of the times that this 12-hundred acre family farm now celebrating 100 years is unlikely to see 125 in the Tellefson family. South of Makoti, Jim Olson, KX News.

The open house celebrating the centennial farm designation will be Sunday from 2-4pm at the Tellefson farm.

And, by the way, Scott plans to have the trampoline back in operation for the party.

 

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