Thomas Jefferson was involved in the creation of the public land measurement system.Land description that we use today is possible because of this rectangular measurement system.
The measurement system went through a 21-year trial and error period mainly in Ohio.The system was found workable and adopted as the U.S. Land Measurement System in 1805.
1 Sq. Mile
10 Sq. Chains
160 Sq. Rods
43,560 Sq. Feet
An Acre is about 208 1/4 feet square
5 1/2 Yards
An acre is about 8 rods wide
16 1/2 Feet
20 rods long, or any area the product
of whose length by its width (in rods)
is 160 or in chains is 10.
7 7/8 Inches
1 Sq. Rod
30 1/4 Sq. Yds.
272 1/4Sq. Ft.
16 1/2 Feet
1 Sq. Ft.
144 Sq. Inches
A section of land
OHIO’S CENTURY FARMS
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Nov. 6, 2007) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture recognizes the social, economics, and historic contributions of Ohio’s family farms.The Ohio Century Farm Program was developed to honor farms that have remained in the same family for at least 100 years.More than 650 farms have registered with the department and received certificates signed by the governor and director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
History of the Century Farm Program
In 1993, the department began collaborating with Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Historical Society to administer the Outstanding Ohio Century Farm Program.Annually, eight regional Outstanding Century Farms were announced at the Ohio State Fair, and one overall winner was unveiled at the Farm Science Review.
In 2003, the department became the sole sponsor of the program, and the Outstanding Ohio Century Farm Program evolved into the Ohio Century Farm Program.To recognize the special history of each of these farms, the department began presenting certificates to all registered farm families.
The department also commissioned an official yard sign available exclusively to Century Farm owners in 2005.More than 200 signs are now displayed throughout the state. For Additional Information on the Program