The Bicentennial Farms Program recognizes farms that have been held by descendants of the same family for 200 years or more.
To qualify for Bicentennial Farm status, an agricultural property must have been owned by the same family of lineal or collateral descendants for at least 200 years. A lineal descendant is a person in the direct line of descent, such as a child or a grandchild. A collateral descendant is not a direct descendant, 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 that program, receive an official 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.
Fore more information please contact: Illinois Centennial / Sesquicentennial Farms Program
Illinois Department of Agriculture Marketing and Promotions
P. O. Box 19281
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9281