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Centennial & Sesquicentennial Farms









Centennial Farms
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Centennial Farms Program


The Centennial Farms program honors generations of farmers who have worked to maintain family farms in Illinois. To qualify for Centennial Farm status, an agricultural property must have been owned by the same family of lineal or collateral descendants for at least 100 years. A lineal descendant is a person in the direct line of descent, such as a child or a grandchild. A collateral descendent is not a direct descendent, but is otherwise closely related, such as a brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece or cousin.


Applicants who complete a form and meet all requirements of the Centennial Farms program receive an official Centennial Farm sign suitable for outdoor display and a certificate bearing signatures of the governor of Illinois and the director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. There is an $50 application fee to offset the cost of the sign.


More than 9,500 Illinois farms have been named Centennial Farms since the program was created in 1972. There is at least one Centennial Farm in every county of the state. Champaign County has the most with over 200 Centennial Farms.


 

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Sesquicentennial Farms
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Sesquicentennial Farms Program


The Sesquicentennial Farms Program recognizes farms that have been held by descendants of the same family for 150 years or more. To qualify for sesquicentennial Farm status, an agricultural property must have been owned by the same family of lineal or collateral descendants for at least 150 years. A lineal descendant is a person in the direct line of descent, such as a child or a grandchild. A collateral descendent is not a direct descendent, but is otherwise closely related, such as a brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece or cousin.


Applicants who complete a form and meet all requirements of the Sesquicentennial Farms program receive an official Sesquicentennial Farm sign suitable for outdoor display and a certificate bearing signatures of the governor of Illinois and the director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. There is an $50 application fee to offset the cost of the sign.


More than 600 Illinois farms have been named Sesquicentennial Farms since the program was created.

 

 

 

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Contact:   Illinois Centennial / Sesquicentennial Farms Program
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Marketing and Promotions
State Fairgrounds
P. O. Box 19281
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9281
                 Phone: 217/524-9129
Fax: 217/524-5960
Email:  delayne.reeves@illinois.gov

 
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