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CenturyFarm MFA 3489If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1919, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must have been owned by the same family 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 marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to overall farm income.

The program is administered by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and MU Extension along with Missouri Farm Bureau.

“Family farms have been among our most vital partners since the founding of Extension more than 100 years ago,” said David Burton, county engagement specialist with Uni­versity of Missouri Extension. “The Century Farm program is one way we express our gratitude to those who have contributed so much to Missouri agriculture.”

Applicants certified as owners of a 2019 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the local MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Appli­cants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the pro­gram in 1976, more than 8,300 century farms have been recognized.

The Missouri Century Farm program is now taking appli­cations, which must be postmarked by May 15. Details and a downloadable application form are available at extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.

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