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Casner Farm

Watch this interview with Kevin Casner, sixth generation owner of Casner Farm, about the history of the farm and the MU Extension services that have helped them adapt and grow.

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In this year of our state’s bicentennial, we celebrate the generations of farm families who have helped build Missouri over the past two centuries. As part of the Century Farm program this year alone, we are recognizing a special category of 30 Founding Farms — Century Farms that have been in the same family continuously since 1821 or earlier.

Even before the declaration of statehood, farmers were here tilling the soil, harvesting trees, and floating lumber down our great rivers to build the communities that were taking root on the far western edge of the new nation’s frontier.

From those first farm settlements to today’s enterprising operations that continue our state’s proud agricultural, ranching and entrepreneurial traditions, farm families have been essential to Missouri’s and our nation’s growth.

We recognize the following Missouri Founding Farms and families.

1792

Original owners: Joseph LaPlante
Farm name: Joseph LaPlante Family Farm
Current owners: L.F. LaPlante Jr. and Ruth E. LaPlante Hahn
County: New Madrid

Original owners: Joseph LaPlante
Farm name: Joseph LaPlante Family Farm
Current owners: George W. LaPlante Estate
County: New Madrid

Original owners: Joseph LaPlante
Farm name: Joseph LaPlante Family Farm
Current owners: Clifford LaPlante
County: New Madrid

1794

Original owners: Pierre Antoine LaForge
Farm name: The LaForge Farm
Current owners: Mary Eva Hunter, Olivia Hunter, David Luke Hunter
County: New Madrid

1797

Original owners: Lewis and Catherine Coteaux
Farm name: The Sanders Farm | Leah Morey
Current owners: Charles H. Sanders and Leah Morey
County: Perry

Early 1800s

Original owners: Ansalom Fulcher
Farm name: Valley View Farm
Current owners: Norma Porter and Norma J. Porter
County: Moniteau

1800

Original owners: Unknown
Farm name: Twin Hills Stock Farm — The Mudds
Current owners: Laura C. Mudd, Gary O. Mudd, Terry P. Mudd
County: Lincoln

Original owners: Thomas and Lucretia Baker
Farm name: Carol McNear | Mary Baker Farm
Current owners: Mary Baker
County: Sullivan

1803

Original owners: John Miller
Farm name: Rodney and Janet Miller
Current owners: Rodney and Janet Miller
County: Cape Girardeau

Original owners: Michael Horine
Farm name: The Horine Homestead
Current owners: John and Norma Horine and Rob Horine
County: Washington

1804

Original owners: Peter Huskey
Farm name: George Huskey Farms LLC
Current owners: George M. George Huskey Farms LLC and George Huskey Farms LLC; George Michael Huskey, George W Huskey, Frank Huskey, Charles Huskey, John Huskey and Peter Huskey
County: Jefferson

Original owners: Unknown
Farm name: Huskey Farms
Current owners: Oliver and Bernice Huskey
County: Jefferson

1811

Original owners: William Harrison
Farm name: Carol Springer
Current owners: Carol Springer
County: Crawford

1816

Original owners: Jonas Casner
Farm name: Casner Family
Current owners: Ervin Lee Casner Trust and Ronnie Casner
County: Carroll

1816 (continued)

Original owners: Ezekiel Downing
Farm name: Downing Lone Pine
Current owners: Louie B. and James Downing and Dan Downing/Judy Collins
County: Lincoln

Original owners: Jeremiah Clay
Farm name: Clay Farms
Current owners: Dorsey Clay
County: Moniteau

Original owners: Robert Graham
Farm name: Graham Cave Farms Inc.
Current owners: Graham Cave Farms Inc.
County: Montgomery

1817

Original owners: Minatree E. Catron
Farm name: Catron Farm
Current owners: M. E. Catron and Bess Catron, Heirs: Eugene and Robert Catron
County: Lafayette

1819

Original owners: John Oliver
Farm name: Oliver Farms
Current owners: Mary Oliver Kuhnmuench, Barbara C. Oliver, David Arthur Oliver Jr. and Anne Bearden Oliver
County: Cape Girardeau

Original owners: Unknown
Farm name: Linhorst Farm
Current owners: Lloyd Linhorst
County: Jefferson

Original owners: James Hicklin
Farm name: James Hicklin
Current owners: Marcia Hicklin
County: Lafayette

Original owners: Aaron Foreman
Farm name: The Matthew Foreman and Sandra Foreman Family
Current owners: Allen B. Foreman and Gerald D. Foreman
County: Ralls

Original owners: John A. Campbell
Farm name: The Campbell Farm
Current owners: James A. Campbell, Marsha Campbell and David Campbell
County: Ray

1820

Original owners: Unknown
Farm name: Dorner Holdings LLC
Current owners: Mrs. Ben Glaze and Dorner Holdings LLC
County: Carroll

Original owners: Unknown
Farm name: The Campbell Family Farm
Current owners: Ruth A. Campbell
County: Cole

Original owners: Jurgen Linnemann and Johann Linnemann
Farm name: Schulte Family Farm
Current owners: Dale A. Schulte and Anita Schulte
County: Gasconade

Original owners: James Muir and George Muir
Farm name: The Muir-Owings Homestead
Current owners: Donald G. Owings and Reba O. Owings
County: Lafayette

Original owners: Lambert W. and Elizabeth Schulte
Farm name: Schulte Family Farms
Current owners: Allen and Karen Schulte
County: Miller

Original owners: William Snethen
Farm name: The Snethen-Cundiff Farm
Current owners: Wayne Overkamp and Rhonda Overkamp
County: Montgomery

Original owners: Isaac Kile
Farm name: The Guthrey Family Farm
Current owners: Guthrey Heirs and Kile Farm
County: Saline