Many state agricultural departments have created a way to recognize the family farm. Owners can submit various types of proof (and perhaps a fee) and then have the farm verified as a Centennial Farm. In Illinois, there is also a Sesquicentennial Farm registry.
Here are some Midwestern state links for further research:
Illinois Registry Information
|old Illinois centennial farm sign in Kendall County|
Indiana Registry Information
Iowa Registry Information
Michigan Registry Information
Minnesota Registry Information
Ohio Registry Information
Similar programs exist for other states. Search "centennial farm."
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