Long-term owners of Missouri farms are proud of their family accomplishments. This was evident during the Centennial Farm program held in Missouri during the American Revolution Bicentennial Year of 1976. In that popular program, 2,850 Missouri farm owners in 105 of Missouri’s 114 counties were recognized as owning a "Centennial Farm."
Interest in the program continued after 1976. Several Missouri farm owners asked about having their farms recognized, so the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources and the University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. During this update, 1,080 additional Missouri farms were recognized.
Long-term family farm owners who were not able to take part in the 1976 or 1986 events still wanted recognition, so the College and MU Extension planned for annual updates. Since 1987, an additional 4,901 farms have been recognized. The program has continued each year with approximately 100 or more farms being recognized each year. In 2015, there were 227 farms recognized. In 2008, Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.
Guidelines for 2016 program
- The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2016.
- 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 present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
MU Extension, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and the Farm Bureau jointly sponsor the Missouri Century Farm program. Local MU Extension Councils help with sponsorship by publicizing the program, collecting and certifying nominations, and arranging for local recognition. Extension Publications, part of the office of Extension and Agricultural Information, coordinates the program.
Applications are available from approximately Feb. 1 through May 15 from the MU Extension office in your county or from University of Missouri-Century Farms, Extension Publications, 2800 Maguire Blvd. Room E1, Columbia, MO 65211.
A fee of $65 (if you apply by May 1) is required to cover processing costs, one certificate, a booklet and one two-sided, 2-foot by 2-foot metal sign (includes MU and Missouri Farm Bureau logos) for each approved farm.
Send a completed application, order form and a check made made payable to University of Missouri-Century Farms for the total amount on your order form. Return completed applications to
University of Missouri-Century Farms
2800 Maguire Blvd. Room E1
Columbia, MO 65211
or to the MU Extension office in the county where your farm is located. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-292-0969 or email Extension Publications.
Applications must be postmarked by May 16, 2016. Late applications cannot be accepted.
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Missouri Century Farm Coordinator