Missouri Century Farms

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Century farms and ranches have shaped our nation and state. In every kitchen, behind every barn door, and in every soiled and calloused hand lie stories of those who feed our nation. The Missouri Century Farm program celebrates the lasting contributions farmers and ranchers have made to our country’s and state’s heritage.

In 1976, the Centennial Farm project was initiated in Missouri, awarding certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Ten years later, the University of Missouri Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources created the annual Century Farm program and recognition. The Missouri Farm Bureau joined as a co-sponsor in 2008. Since the program began in 1976, more than 8,000 Missouri farms have received the Century Farm designation.

Landowners with farms that have been in the same family for 100 years can be recognized with signs, a certificate and a booklet. Application period will reopen Feb. 1, 2024.

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The application period is now open Feb. 1–May 1, 2024.

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Visit the State Historic Preservation Office

Barns, out buildings and even the fields nearby can tell us a lot about our past. Learn more about architectural surveys and other methods for keeping records of historic barns and farmsteads in Missouri.

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Century Farms recognition by state

If you have a Century Farm outside of Missouri, use this list to find a contact for applying in your state.

Find a land trust

The Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization. Use this tool to find land trusts in Missouri.

Founding Farm Family: Casner Farm

Interview with Kevin Casner, sixth generation farm owner of Casner Farm, about the history of the farm, how they continue to adapt and grow, and the MU Extension services that have helped along the way.

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