Throughout the county where I live you will see signs like this one marking farms owned by the same family for 100 years or more. This Century Farm is next door to the Catholic church in Villa Ridge, Mo. where my brother was the pastor for five years.
The state of Missouri began honoring the owners of Centennial Farms during the American Revolution Bicentennial year of 1976. In that first ceremony 2,850 farm owners in 105 of our 114 counties were recognized. This program has grown to an annual event with approximately 7500 farms recognized as of 2010. 120 of those farms are located in my county.
To be considered for this select group of farm owners, the same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more with the line of ownership documented from the original settler through bloodlines, marriage or adoption. The present farm must contain at least 40 acres of the original land that still makes a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
Long-term owners of Missouri farms are proud of their family accomplishments, as well they should be, and consider it an honor to have this sign displayed on their farm.
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