Sparks, Nev. - December 17, 2020
Two families were recognized as Centennial Farms and Homesteads in 2020. Lattin Farms and the Weishaupt Homestead were both founded in 1918, totaling more than 200 years of combined family heritage and farming in Fallon, Nev. The Centennial Awards began in 2004, and, with the addition of the Lattin and Weishaupt families, 58 family-run operations have been inducted.
“The Lattin and Weishaupt families have been contributing to the agriculture industry for more than 100 years,” NDA Director Jennifer Ott said. “We are thrilled to recognize these Centennial families as they represent the best qualities of Nevada – hard work, dedication and commitment to family.”
Lattin Farms is in Fallon, Nev. and was purchased by George William Lattin in 1918. Lattin purchased an 80-acre parcel of farmland that was later sold to his son Ralph, who grew alfalfa, corn and cattle. Upon returning from World War II in 1946, Ralph’s two sons, Bill and Dick purchased a neighboring farm as the Lattin brothers. Five generations after the original purchase, Bill’s son, Rick, continues to farm the now 400-acre farm and agritourism business. Many members of the Lattin family continue to live on the farm, where they carry on the Lattin family legacy through the Lattin Grower’s Market, Lattin Kitchen and agritourism business.
Albert and Addie Weishaupt bought 80 acres in 1918 in Fallon, Nev. They built the Weishaupt Homestead where they farmed the land for alfalfa and raised dairy cows, sheep, hogs and turkeys. In 1946, Albert and Addie’s youngest son, Karl, returned from serving in World War II, marrying Bettie Atwater and raising three children. In 1977, Karl and Bettie bought the home from his parents. Bettie passed away in 2013, but at the age of 95, Karl still lives on the family ranch where his son, Dana, continues to farm.
Visit agri.nv.gov/Centennial_Awards to learn more about the Nevada Centennial Awards program and read the full history of Lattin Farms, Weishaupt Homestead and the rest of Nevada’s Centennial families.
About the Nevada Department of Agriculture
The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) mission is to preserve, protect and promote Nevada’s agriculture. The department has 150 dedicated employees providing services in its five divisions, Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition, and Plant Industry. The department’s $232 million budget facilitates regulatory and administrative work in agriculture and food manufacturing industries, protecting public and environmental health and worker safety, and providing food distribution and oversight for the United States Department of Agriculture’s school and community nutrition programs.