OREGON COUNTY -- With the addition of the Carl and Shirley Burkhead farm last year, the number of Century Farms in Oregon County has grown to 14, and officials with the local University Extension office at Alton are searching again for local farms to add to the growing list.
A Century Farm is a farm that has been in the same family for 100 years as of Dec. 31, 2005. The family must consist of direct descendants only. If the farm is a family corporation or partnership, one of the principal stockholders must be a direct descendant. The farm cannot consist of less than 40 acres of the original land and must make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
There are now four Century Farms at Alton. They are the Lewis Simpson, Malcolm German, Jerri L. Boyd Thompson and Burkhead farms.
There are four Century Farms at Myrtle. They are the Herbert and Meda Dethrow, Frank and Bonnie Gilmore, David and Geneva Sorrell, and the Harold K. Sam Crase farms.
Two Century Farms have been recognized in the Couch community. They are the Bill and Barbara Cotton farm and Don and Linda K. Barb Williams farm.
Thayer has three Century Farms on the list. They are the Calvin and Susan Boyd Sheets, Don and Nancy Alford, and Dave and Patsy Norman farms.
The Koshkonong community has one Century Farm recognized. It belongs to Floyd and Katherine Wickins.
All Century Farms will be recognized in the Missouri Century Farm program. The program first began in 1976. That first year 2,850 farms were recognized. Last year alone 250 Century Farms across the state were added to the Century Farm list.
Applications for the program can be found at the University Extension office located in the basement of the courthouse at Alton. If approved for the program a $25 fee covers the cost of certificates and the sign. If more than one sign is requested there will be an additional $11 fee.
For more information on the Century Farm program contact the Alton office at 417-778-7490.