If your Missouri farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1908, 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.”
This year, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.
“Missouri Farm Bureau is proud to partner in the recognition of these unique and historical family farms,” said Charles Kruse, president of Missouri Farm Bureau. “They represent the continued importance of production agriculture to our state and nation.”
Applicants certified as owners of a 2008 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by their local MU Extension offices in the counties where the farms are located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.
Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 7,000 century farms have been recognized.
For applications received by May 1, a $35 fee covers the cost of certificates, farm signs and booklets for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $45. Applications must be postmarked by May 15 to be considered.
For application forms and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at (800) 292-0969, contact your local Missouri Extension office, or visit the program Web site at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.