Pictured above (left to right) are Dallas Hurst, Extension Council; James and Ruth Folkes; and Blake Hurst, Missouri Farm Bureau President.

The University of Missouri Atchison County Extension Council and the Missouri Farm Bureau honored two Missouri Century Farms during the 2019 Atchison County Fair.

James and Ruth Folkes own 102 acres purchased in 1893 by her great-grandfather, Jacob R. Hours.

Emmett and Connie Windhorst own 80 acres, purchased in 1919 by Emmett’s grandfather, A.F. Windhorst.

There are currently 135 Missouri Century Farms recognized in Atchison County. If you are interested in having your farm designated as a Missouri Century Farm, contact the Atchison County MU Extension Center. Next year’s application period begins February 1, 2020.

Guidelines used in selection include: same family must have owned the farm for 100 years or more as of December 31 of the current year, the family shall consist of direct descendants (if in corporation or partnership, one of the principal stockholders must be a direct descendant), and the farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to an overall farm income.