Apply to be a Century Farm

Old photo of farmhouse and fenceGuidelines

The following guidelines are used for the selection and recognition of Missouri Century Farms.

  1. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2023.
  2. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews and nieces, including through marriage or adoption.
  3. 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.

Thank you and congratulations to all the farm families who applied in 2023!
The next application period will open in February 2024.


The application period will be open again Feb. 1–May 1, 2024. The application fee covers processing costs, one certificate, a booklet and one two-sided, 2-by-2-foot metal sign for each approved farm (sign includes MU and Missouri Farm Bureau logos). Late applications cannot be accepted.

Additional signs or certificates

Application includes one certificate, one booklet and one yard sign. Once your new farm application has been approved, you can purchase additional yard signs or certificates at:

Replacement sign

To order a replacement of the yard sign, see the Replacement sign page.

For more information

Please contact the Missouri Century Farms Coordinator at 573-882-7216 or [email protected]. If you need a printable version of the application, please contact the Coordinator.


MU Extension, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and the Farm Bureau jointly sponsor the Missouri Century Farms program. Local MU Extension Councils help with sponsorship by publicizing the program, collecting and certifying nominations, and arranging for local recognition. The Extension Web Services team coordinates the program.