Missouri Century Farms
National Century Farms recognition website — Agriculture's Lasting Heritage
Century farms and ranches have shaped the nation. Amidst every kitchen, behind every faded barn door, and in every soiled and calloused hand lie untold stories of those who feed our nation. As an industry, we are called to discover these stories and share with consumers everywhere the contribution farmers and ranchers have made to our American heritage. It is time to redefine sustainability and put a face to the farmer who fills our cupboards and clothes our backs.
We are searching for great stories about the lasting impact of agriculture in your state. How can you share the story of Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage? Visit Agriculture's Lasting Heritage and click on "Profiles" for more information.
The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 as a result of the Missouri Committee for Agriculture that was co-chaired by James B. Boillot, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Elmer R. Kiehl, Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Missouri. The committee's purpose was to organize the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration in Missouri. One activity that was initiated by the committee was the "Centennial Farm" project, which awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued after 1976. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the "Century Farm" program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.
Barn and farmstead survey project and the Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network
Missouri currently ranks second in the nation for the number of farms with old barns, yet we have very little information about what types of barns were built.
The State Historic Preservation Office is in the process of collecting information about the historic barns and farmsteads that are still in existence within our state. For more information on completing an architectural survey form, visit the State Historical Preservation Office website and click on the Program Link for Architectural Survey. If you are interested in completing this form, please return it and the additional information to the address on the form. Certificates will be issued at no cost to participants in the program.
MO BARN Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network (Missouri BARN): Missouri BARN is a nonprofit organization recently developed in the state of Missouri who focuses on the identification and preservation of barns and other rural resources. If you are interested in finding out more about the organization, please contact Bill Hart at 314-691-1941 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other resources on Barn Preservation, check out the National Trust for Historic Preservation website.
Missouri Century Farm Coordinator