Nevada Centennial Ranch and Farm Awards Program

Apply for the 2019 Centennial Awards

The application deadline is Oct. 20, 2019.

Click here for the application.

​To qualify as a Centennial Ranch or Farm, an applicant’s ranch or farm must have belonged to his or her families for at least 100 years and must be a working ranch or farm with a minimum of 160 acres or if it is less than 160 acres, it must have gross yearly sales of at least $1,000.

Return your completed application to:

Ciara Ressel
405 South 21st Street
Sparks, NV 89431

or via email to

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ciara Ressel at 775-353-3628 or at


The Nevada Centennial Awards Program recognizes agricultural families who have owned and operated the same land for 100 years or more. Fifty-two families have now been inducted into the program that began in 2004.

The awards program is sponsored by the Nevada Agriculture Plate funds, Farm Bureau, Agricultural Foundation, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Cattlemen’s Association and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

2018 Recipients: Miller (1914), Moura (1916) and Pursel (1918) families

Miller Ranch

Miller Ranch, located in Paradise Valley, Nevada, was purchased by Gerhard Miller Sr. in 1914. Gerhard and his wife, Maria Gesina Miller, took care of the 450-acre ranch. When their son, George, married Elisabeth, they leased the upper ranch, where they continued to farm and raise cattle.

Upon Gerhard and Maria’s death, their grandchildren, Paul and Fred, inherited the ranch. When Fred passed away, Paul and his wife purchased Fred’s half of the ranch and converted it into a farm. They installed a water pipe two miles up the mountain to provide irrigation to the land below. As the mountain water decreased, the underground wells provided the water used to maintain the alfalfa and grain.

Today, Paul’s son, Stacy Dean Miller, owns and operates Miller Ranch in Paradise Valley where alfalfa and grain still grow.

Moura Ranch

Moura Ranch was founded in the Upper Valley of Lovelock, Nevada. Manuel and Maria Moreira purchased the original 80 acres of the farm in 1916. A portion of the land was dedicated to Fairview School, where their daughter, Virginia, attended. With the rest of the land, they achieved their dream of owning a farm.

Virginia married Manuel Moura and they purchased additional parcels of land for the growing operation. Virginia and Manuel’s son, Thomas, and his wife, Darlene, continued expanding the farm, adding land and livestock, to what is now known as Moura Ranch.

Currently, Thomas and Darlene’s three children maintain their agricultural legacy. Their daughter, Amy, and her husband, Chad Blanchard, as the Truckee River Federal Water Master, have an indirect role in agriculture. Their son, Mark, married Cody, and they help with her parents’ ranch, SS Cattle Company in Cambridge, Idaho. Thomas and Darlene’s eldest son, Anthony, and his wife, Lisa, handle the daily care of Moura Ranch along with their children, Daralyn and Devin, raising calves and farming alfalfa and grains.

Pursel Farms

In the 1860’s, brothers Henry O. and Morris Pursel migrated from Iowa to Nevada by wagon train. They began farming in Smith Valley, and later, Mason Valley. In 1918, Henry Melvin Pursel, son of Henry O., purchased 160 acres on MacKenzie Lane in Yerington, Nevada. The land was covered with native grasses and brush and two cottonwood trees. Henry and his wife, Rosa, built their house next to one of the two trees and added ditches, leveled land and built what would become Pursel Farms.

As the natural land was turned into farm land, the Pursels grew potatoes and alfalfa and raised cattle. A milking barn, chicken coop and potato cellar were also added to the property. Henry and Rosa’s children, Ralph, Shirley and Henry Ivy, inherited the farm after Henry’s death in 1932. Ralph and his family moved to the property after purchasing the shares of the farm from his siblings. In 1957, Ralph’s son, Melvin, and his wife, Phyllis, purchased the farm from his parents.

Today, the milking barn still stands on the property where Melvin’s son and Henry’s great-grandson, Darrell, and his wife, Suzanne, continue to farm alfalfa and raise cattle.

Past Winners

2017 Recipients  

Bottari Ranch (1916) 

de Braga Ranch (1917)

Saval Buffalo Ranch (1917)

2015 Recipients 

Stewart's 96 Ranch, Humboldt County (1864)

2014 Recipients 

Triple S Ranch, Washoe County (1874)

Johnson and Springmeyer families, Douglas County (1870's)

2013 Recipients

Martin Ranch, Eureka and Nye Counties (1887)

Manha Farm, Lyon County (1912)

2012 Recipients 
Day-Annett-Costa Ranch, Lyon County (1905)
Lytle Ranches, Lincoln County (1865) 

2011 Recipients 
Robert Getto Farm, Churchill County (1911)
Getto Farms, Churchill County (1911) 

2010 Recipients 
Anker Ranch, Pershing County (1877)
Anker Ranch, Inc., Pershing County (1877)
Ankers, Inc., Pershing County (1877)
Quilici Ranch, Lyon County (1881)
Skip’s Place, Churchill County (1907)
Lawrence Ranch, Churchill County (1908) 

2009 Recipients 
Bradshaw “End of the Rainbow” Ranch, Lincoln County (1873)
Bailey Ranch, Eureka County (1875)
Testolin Ranch, Churchill County (1907)
Ranch No. 1 (Trimmer/Giovacchini), Douglas County (1909)
Perfecta Vista Ranches-Mathewson Ranch, Churchill County (1909) 

2008 Recipients 
Kallenbach-Ormachea-Sherman Ranch, Churchill County (1908) 

2006 Recipients 
The Capurro Brothers, Sparks, Washoe County (1869)
Duval Ranching Company, Ruby Valley, Elko County (1870) 

2005 Recipients 
Blue Eagle Ranch, Tonopah, Nye County (1895)
Bunker Farm, Bunkerville, Clark County (1901)
Ferraro Cattle Company, Paradise Valley, Humboldt County (1902)
Green Springs Ranch, Duckwater, White Pine County (~1899)
Heise Family Ranch, Gardnerville, Douglas County (1902)
Krenka Ranch, Ruby Valley, Elko County (1865-1870)
Laura Springs Ranch, Gardnerville, Douglas County (1863)
Snyder Livestock Company, Yerington, Lyon County (1887)
Riordan Ranch, Jiggs, Elko County (1900)
Stodieck Farm, Minden, Douglas County (1868)
Wilkinson Little Meadow Ranch, McDermitt, Humboldt County (1900) 

2004 Recipients 
Andersen Home Ranch, Carson City (1880’s)
Buckle D Ranch, Ruby Valley, Elko County(1889)
Calcutta Ranch, Vya, Washoe County (1885)
Capurro-Durkee Ranch, Reno, Washoe County (1890)
Cushman-Corkill Ranch, Fallon, Churchill County (1860)
Dalton Ranch, Clover Valley, Elko County (1892)
Glaser Land and Livestock, Halleck, Elko County (1883)
Heinz Ranch, Reno, Washoe County (1885)
Henningsen Family Ranch, Gardnerville, Douglas County (1878)
Hussman Land and Livestock, Gardnerville, Douglas County (1872)
Mack Land and Cattle, Minden, Douglas County (1860’s)
Overland Land and Livestock, Ruby Valley, Elko County (1873)
Pinson Ranch, Golconda, Humboldt County (1884)
Prunty Family Ranch, Mountain City, Elko County (1894)
Scossa Ranch, Gardnerville, Douglas County (1872)
Stewart’s Ninety-Six Ranch, Paradise Valley, Humboldt County (1864)