OREGON COUNTY -- The search is on again in Oregon County for Missouri farms that have been in the same family 100 years or more.
The farms will be recognized in the Missouri Century Farm program at the University of Missouri at Columbia. In the 1976 program 2,850 Missouri farm owners were recognized as owning centennial farms, Since 1987, there have been an additional 2,250 farms recognized and last year 213 family farms joined the program.
Oregon County land owners interested in knowing if their farm qualifies as a Missouri Century Farm must meet the following guidelines: the farm must have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more as of Dec. 31, 2003; the family shall consist of direct descendants only; the farm must consist of not less than 40 acres of the original land and must make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
The Missouri Century Farm program is jointly administered by the UM College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and MU Extension.
Application forms and information are available at the local Extension Office located in the basement of Oregon County Courthouse at Alton.
Extension officials said a $25 fee covers the cost of certificates and farm signs those approved. Applications must be returned by July 3.
For more information call the local Extension office at 417-778-7490.