Back in February, a piece of land in Harvard sold for a believed-to-be record high price tag of $12,000 per acre.
This Saturday, a different section of land in the same town and its owners will be recognized at the Clay County Fair for being within the same family’s ownership for 100 years.
An 80-acre farm, located directly south of the Harvard Cemetery, has been in the family of LaVerne and Shirley Yost for the required 100 years, qualifying it for this year’s lone Pioneer Farm Family Award for Clay County.
“I consider it a privilege,” LaVerne noted. “I’m very, very happy that we can have this happen in my immediate family.”
With farmland selling for more than ever before recently, and with a familial passion for farming a necessity for the continuation of land ownership, the significance of a century of ownership is not lost on the Yosts.
“I consider it a great honor, truthfully,” LaVerne said. “My roots go real deep here.”
The land was bought by LaVerne’s grandfather, then it went to his father before it became his own around 1973.
To read the full story, see this week's issue of the Clay County News (7/11/12)