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.


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.


Applications are available from February 1 through May 15 (must be postmarked by May 15). Late applications cannot be accepted. A fee of $75 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).

  • Thank you and congratulations to all the farm families who applied in 2019!

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

    Check back here for the application form and instructions.

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.


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.