Missouri residents whose farms have been in their families since Dec. 31, 1919, can apply to have them recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines.

•  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.

Applications are available through May 15 from local University of Missouri Extension offices.

A $75 fee for applications received by May 1 is required to cover processing costs, one certificate, a booklet and one two-sided, 2-foot by 2-foot metal sign for each approved farm.

The completed application, order form and a check made payable to University of Missouri-Century Farms for the total amount should be returned to the local MU Extension office or mailed to University of Missouri-Century Farms, Extension Publications, 506 Hitt St., Whitten Hall, Room 4, Columbia MO 65211.

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