Apply to be a Century Farm

Old photo of farmhouse and fenceLong-term owners of Missouri farms are proud of their family accomplishments. This was evident during the Centennial Farm program held in Missouri during the American Revolution Bicentennial Year of 1976. In that popular program, 2,850 Missouri farm owners in 105 of Missouri’s 114 counties were recognized as owning a "Centennial Farm." During the updated "Century Farm" program in 1986, 1,080 additional Missouri farms were recognized. With the annual program updates that started in 1987, an additional 5,504 farms have been recognized. The program has continued with approximately 100 or more farms being recognized each year. In 2018, there were 180 farms recognized.

Guidelines

The following guidelines are used for the selection and recognition of Missouri Century Farms.

  1. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of Dec. 31, 2019.
  2. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews and nieces, including through marriage or adoption.
  3. The present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

Application

Applications are available from February 1 through May 15 from the MU Extension office in your county or you can download, fill in and print the 2019 Application PDF (see button below).

A fee of $75 (if you apply by May 1) is required to cover processing costs, one certificate, a booklet and one two-sided, 2-foot by 2-foot metal sign for each approved farm (sign includes MU and Missouri Farm Bureau logos).

2019 Application (PDF)

Send the completed application/order form and a check made payable to University of Missouri-Century Farms for the total amount on your order form to the MU Extension office in the county where your farm is located OR to:

University of Missouri-Century Farms
Extension Publications 506 Hitt St.
Whitten Hall, Room 4
Columbia, MO 65211

Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2019. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Optional attachments: Feel free to attach an account of any special events held on the farm, unusual happenings, significant improvements, identifying landmarks, farm usage over the years, interesting information regarding the founder and any subsequent owner(s), and copies of pictures of special interest (include a short description). Do not send any original or otherwise valuable documents as we cannot return them. These materials will be passed on to your local MU Extension office. They may use these materials at your recognition or pass them along to your county historical society.

Replacement sign

To order a replacement of the personalized metal sign, see the Replacement sign page.

For more information

Call toll-free 1-800-292-0969 or email Missouri Century Farms coordinator.

Sponsorship

MU Extension, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and the Farm Bureau jointly sponsor the Missouri Century Farms program. Local MU Extension Councils help with sponsorship by publicizing the program, collecting and certifying nominations, and arranging for local recognition. Extension Publications, part of the office of Extension and Agricultural Information, coordinates the program.