Agriculture in Texas County is supported by both large and small farm enterprises.
In an effort to recognize successful farm families in the county, the Texas County Extension Council recently honored Gary and Sherry Allen with the presentation of the Missouri Century Farm award. The Allens were also honored with a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives presented by Rep. Robert Ross.
To qualify as a Century Farm, farms must meet the following guidelines:
• The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years.
• The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption.
• The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
The original 115 acres of the Allen farm was originally purchased in 1916 by R.D. and Maude Allen. The farm gained acreage through the purchase of smaller parcels of land around the original farm, with the final addition made in 1922, by Walter and May Allen. The farm was then purchased by Gary and Sherry Allen in 1990 from Gary’s family.
The Allens currently operate a beef operation with the help of the next generation. Gary and Sherry partner with their children and their families: Jeffery and Julie Allen and their three children, Cody, Jacob and Jessyn Allen; and Billy and Karen Moore and their children, Kyle and Bailey.