Illinois Farm Programs

 Bicentennial Farm Program
The Bicentennial Farms Program recognizes farms that have been held by descendants of the same family for 200 years or more.   

Centennial/ Sesquicentennial Farm Program
The Centennial/Sesquicentennial Farms program honors generations of farmers who have worked to maintain family farms in Illinois. To qualify for Centennial/Sesquicentennial Farm status, an agricultural property must have been owned by the same family of lineal or collateral descendants for at least 100/150 years.

Organic Certification and Accredited Agent
This program certifies and accredits​ businesses that meet the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced.

Specialty Crop Grants
The Illinois Department of Agriculture received specialty crop block grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Specialty Crop Block Grant - Farm Bill. A portion of those grant funds will be used to fund the Illinois Specialty Crop Grant Program. Through this program all Illinois specialty crop projects can apply for grant funds to help increase the competitiveness of the Illinois specialty crop industry.