If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1922, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.
The Century Farm program is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Farm Bureau and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
To qualify, 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.
“Family farms have been among our most vital partners since the founding of extension more than 100 years ago,” said MU Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart. “The Century Farm program is one way we express our gratitude to those who have contributed so much to Missouri agriculture.”
“Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of Century Farms,” said Garrett Hawkins, Missouri Farm Bureau president. “We applaud the hardworking farm families who have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day.”
Since the program began in 1976, more than 8,000 Missouri farms have received the Century Farm designation.
A $140 fee covers the cost of a certificate, a metal farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. County MU Extension centers present these items.
Details and online application are at extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm. The deadline to apply is May 1.
More information is also available by calling the MU Extension center in Houston at 417-967-4545.