Century Farms

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1912, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, 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. “It is important to honor and respect our history,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost for University of Missouri Extension. “These farms represent both Missouri’s cultural heritage and the good stewardship that our farmers strive for.” 

Applicants certified as owners of a 2012 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the local MU Extension office in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate. Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 7,500 century farms have been recognized.

Applications are accepted March 1 through 15. For more information, visit the Century Farms website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm/ or contact the Howard County Extension Center.

Howard County Century Farms

Acquisition year First name Last name # of acres Certification date
1812 Nannie May Hughes 300 1/1/1998
1815 Mary M. Payne   1/1/1976
1816 John D. Williams   1/1/1976
1818 Robert Britton   1/1/1976
1819 Duane Snell   1/1/1976
1819 Ruth Zeigler   1/1/1976
1819 James C., Jr. Denneny 189 1/1/1997
1823 William Taylor Spence   1/1/1976
1825 Omer Foley   1/1/1976
1833 W. W. Harvey   1/1/1976
1834 Willella Williams   1/1/1976
1835 Opal Kilgore   1/1/1976
1835 Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Williams   1/1/1976
1840 Calvin Dougherty   1/1/1976
1843 Robin Biswell Pettijohn   1/1/1976
1844 Ed Dickey   1/1/1976
1844 Miss Esther Hume   1/1/1976
1844 Connie Shay   1/1/1976
1848 Kenneth Yaeger   1/1/1976
1852 Paul M. Ballew   1/1/1976
1852 Stuart R Bayse 138 5/21/2002
1852 Stuart R. Basye 138 2/28/2011
1853 Randall T. and C. Kivett 143 1/1/1997
1857 Harold Burnham   1/1/1976
1857 Hazel Pipes Young   1/1/1976
1857 Robert O. Young 320 1/1/1996
1857 Harold K Burnham 160 6/6/2006
1858 Larry Eaton   1/1/1976
1858 James B. Snell   1/1/1976
1864 John Rhea Gibbs   1/1/1976
1865 Roy White   1/1/1976
1869 Thomas T. Hall   1/1/1976
1871 Charles w. Denny   1/1/1976
1871 Della Mae Todd Hudson   1/1/1976
1875 John and Peggy Vaughn 140 1/1/1998
1876 J. Y. Miller   1/1/1976
1881 Mary Lee Haviland 183 2/17/2005
1884 Harry Dougherty 315 4/15/2005
1887 William James Quint 115 5/1/2008
1890 Norma Jean Gilmo Hill 319 1/1/1998
1892 Elsie Hendrix 80 1/1/1996
1892 Anthony Westhues 98 6/28/2000
1893 Charles Coutts 248 1/1/1993
1893 Anthony and Aile Thies 198 1/1/1993
1896 Mary Lou Cross Brown 80 1/1/1996
1898 Sam S. Magruder 160 1/1/1998
1899 John Fleck 128 5/7/1999
1899 Martha Hutchison Ferry 396 6/2/1999
1899 Elizabeth Brown 635 3/27/2001
1900 Ray Peacher 183 7/1/2002
1907 Andy Joe Meyer 311 5/16/2007
1908 Cleveland T. Hargis 127 5/1/2008
1910 Robert J. Schafer 137 2/14/2011
  Dewey Dougherty   1/1/1976
  Miller Eaton   1/1/1976
  Lee Gose   1/1/1976
  Mary B McKee Hammond   1/1/1976
  Reuben Hume   1/1/1976
  Mrs Laurence S. Jackson   1/1/1976
  Dorothy Burton Jankowsky   1/1/1976
  Lilburn L. Kingsbury   1/1/1976
  Mildred Basye Leach   1/1/1976
  Arthur D. Potter   1/1/1976
  James B. Potter   1/1/1976
  Mrs Austin Robertson   1/1/1976
  Elizabeth Potter Sinclair   1/1/1976
  John E. Stapleton   1/1/1976
  William Jr. Trester   1/1/1976
  Prewitt Turner, Jr   1/1/1976
  Marion Walker   1/1/1976
  John G Davis   1/1/1986
  Marie Potter Henry   1/1/1986
  Wm Nordmeyer   1/1/1986
  John D. and Eva J. Williams   1/1/1986
  Charles Tommy Williams   1/1/1986