- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
In 1976, when the nation was celebrating its bicentennial, several Missouri agencies -- Missouri Department of Agriculture, University of Missouri Extension Services and the Missouri Committee for Agriculture -- began designating farms that had been in the same family for at least 100 years as Centennial Farms. In 1986, the program was extended, and eligible farms have been designated as Century Farms since then. In all, some 4,000 farms across the state, including 85 in Cape Girardeau County, have been honored.
To qualify, farms must have at least 40 acres of original land that is making a financial contribution to farm income. Farms continue to be added to the list. More information about the program is available online:
Today's U.S. farms are the reason America is a well-fed nation, and the farmers who toil day in and day out to raise crops and produce livestock are to be commended for their importance to society.