The application deadline for the Missouri Century Farm program has been extended this year. Applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2020.
In 1976, Missouri’s Centennial Farm project awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and MU Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the Century Farm program. Since then, the program has been an annual event, recognizing more than 100 farms each year. In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.
To qualify, farms must meet the following criteria:
• The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years.
• The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption.
• The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
Since 1976, the program has recognized more than 8,000 Missouri Century Farms. There were two Century Farms recognized in Atchison County in 2019.
For more information or to apply online, visit the program’s web page at https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/century-farms. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, you may call the Atchison County Extension Office at 660-744-6231.