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.
Missouri Century Farms
Century farms and ranches have shaped the nation. Amidst every kitchen, behind every faded barn door, and in every soiled and calloused hand lie untold stories of those who feed our nation. As an industry, we are called to discover these stories and share with consumers everywhere the contribution farmers and ranchers have made to our American heritage. It is time to redefine sustainability and put a face to the farmer who fills our cupboards and clothes our backs.
In 1976, the Centennial Farm project was initiated in Missouri to award certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. Interest in the program continued so the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the Century Farm program. This program has been sustained as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.
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News & articles
- Published: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1919, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, the same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from ...
- Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
WELLSVILLE, Mo. – Matthew Spiers wants to convert cropland to pastureland for grazing.Through a joint effort by University of Missouri Extension and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Spiers plans to build a rotational grazing ...
- Published: Friday, June 16, 2017
MONETT, Mo. – Fourth-generation farmer Mike Meier knows change will help his family’s Century Farm survive. The rotational grazing and breeding system he uses for his dairy herd works. Now he wants to apply those principles to beef cattle. “At ...
The State Historic Preservation Office encourages the study and surveying of Missouri’s built environment and provides guidance and technical assistance to communities, agencies, and interested members of the public.
If you have a Century Farm outside of Missouri, use this list to find a contact for applying in your state.
The Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization. Use this tool to find land trusts in Missouri.
Primary objective of GRLT is preservation of scenic and ecologically valuable land along the Great River Road between Alton, Illinois and Pere Marquette State Park.
Membership-based organization that advocates for farmers, the rural way of life, and all Missourians. Co-sponsors of the Missouri Century Farms program since 2008.