Missouri Century Farms

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Become a century farm

Landowners with farms that have been in the same family for 100 years or more can be recognized with signs, certificate and booklet.

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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.

A Missouri Century Farm sign that says, 'owned by one family for more than 100 years,' and lists the program sponsors: University of Missouri Extension; College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and Missouri Farm Bureau
  • Thank you and congratulations to all the farm families who applied in 2019!

    Next year’s application period begins Feb. 1, 2020.


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