SEDALIA, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon took opening day of the 110th Missouri State Fair as an opportunity to announce a new book celebrating Missouri’s Century Farms. The book, “Missouri’s Century Farms: Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage,” sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau Federation, University of Missouri Extension and the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), commemorates the 35th anniversary of the program.
Governor Nixon contributed to the book and recognized the farming traditions passed from generation to generation and the families who have attained this special recognition. “Throughout our state’s history, Missouri’s farm families have passed down their legacy of dedication, perseverance and innovation to future generations,” Nixon wrote. “Their tenacity through good times and tough times alike is a true testament to the great men and women of our Century Farms who are pillars of Missouri’s deeply rooted agriculture tradition.”
Highlighting the history of the Century Farm program, the 400-page book includes the history of Missouri agriculture as well as personal recollections of individuals whose families have successfully transferred their passion for farming to the next generation.
“We’re honored to be a part of the effort to preserve the heritage of Missouri agriculture and the Century Farm families that are dedicated to working the land and preserving a way of life that established a strong foundation for the State of Missouri,” said Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. Among the historical recollections in the book, Hurst’s mother, Millie Hurst, shares memories of growing up on her family farm in northwest Missouri.
The Century Farm Program is administered by University of Missouri Extension. “We are pleased to have been a part of the partnership responsible for the Century Farms Program since its inception in 1976,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of University of Missouri Extension.
CAFNR Dean Tom Payne echoed Ouart’s sentiments and added, “CAFNR has a rich history of working with Missouri farm families.”
Nearly three years in the making, the book showcases almost 1,000 Missouri farms that have been farmed by the same family for at least 100 years. To date, 8,120 farms have been awarded this distinction, and a listing of all Century Farms is included in the book.
The book is published by Acclaim Press in Sikeston, Mo. To order, visit www.acclaimpress.com.