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If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1921, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

The University of Missouri Extension; the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and the Missouri Farm Bureau sponsor the program.

Last year, three Cole County farms received this designation.

To qualify, 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 the program began in 1976, more than 8,000 Missouri farms have received the Century Farm designation.

A $120 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. County MU Extension centers present these items.

Details and application are available at extension. The deadline to apply is May 1.

Contact your local MU Extension center with questions. To contact the Cole County Extension Center, call 573-634-2824.

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