The 80-acre family farm in Jasper of Robert Evans and his wife Barbara, pictured, has been recognized by the Missouri Century Farm Program. In the family since 1912, the farm originally was owned by Mr. Evan's great-grandfather, John Buerge.
To qualify for the Missouri Century Farm designation, farms must have been family owned (direct descendants only) for 100 years or more and have at least 40 acres of the original land still making a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
The Missouri Century Farm Program was launched in 1976 as the Missouri Centennial Farm program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In that first year, 2,850 Missouri farm owners were recognized as owning a centennial farm. The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension renewed the Century Farm program in 1986. Since that time, over 4,190 additional farms have been added to the program. Fifty-seven Jasper County farms have been recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.
To learn more about the Century Farm program or additional details about these newly added Century Farms, go online to extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm