In commemoration of Missouri’s upcoming bicentennial next year, the curators of the University of Missouri and Missouri Farm Bureau Federation are working with Acclaim Press to publish a new book that will document farming throughout the state and, in particular, celebrate generational family farming through the Missouri Century Farm Awards program.

The book, Missouri’s Century Farms, Vol. II, is being written by a team of Missouri’s most prominent historians, and will include regional histories, crops, technology, and more. In addition, a special section will showcase biographical profiles (with photos) of family farms that have received the Missouri Century Farm Award, in recognition for maintaining their family farm for 100 years or more.

Residents can pick up a brochure in the Maries County Courthouse, at 211 Fourth St., in Vienna. The brochure describes the new book in detail, with information on how century farm families may participate at no charge. Sample farm histories and an easy fill-in-the-blank questionnaire are located inside the brochure

In addition, all Century Farm owners will have the first opportunity to purchase Missouri’s Century Farms, Volume II before it is offered to the public.

For more information or questions, residents may contact the MU Extension in Maries County’s office, or call Acclaim Press at (573) 472-9800 or email question to missourifarmsbook@acclaimpress.com.

Residents can reserve a copy until Nov. 30.