Description: According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, 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 $30 application fee to offset the cost of the sign.
More than 8,300 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.
Please see the Illinois Department of Agriculture website, for an application for the program and a listing of centennial farms in the state, including Champaign.
Source: Illinois Department of Agriculture
Date Last Revisited: 2/5/07