Three farms in Pike County were recognized as being Century Farms. They were: Mike and Debra Betts, Roy and Marilyn Behlmann, along with the Roland R. and Mary M. Orf and Simon H. and Diane F. Orf.
To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years or more. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, or nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
“It is important to honor and respect our history,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost for University of Missouri Extension. “These farms represent both Missouri’s cultural heritage and the good stewardship that our farmers strive for.”
Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 7,000 century farms have been recognized.
For an application form and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local University of Missouri Extension office, or visit the program website at http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.