Since the 1970s, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has recognized longtime family farmland owners. The Centennial Farm Program acknowledges families who have owned their land for more than 100 years. The Sesquicentennial Program began in 2001 and honors 150 years of continuous ownership.

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Where can you find the most centennial and sesquicentennial farms in Illinois? Below is a list of the top counties in order of the number of farms with these historical designations. To search the database or learn more about the program, visit agr.state.il.us.

  • Centennial Farms: Champaign, Livingston, McLean, LaSalle, Iroquois

  • Sesquicentennial Farms: McLean, Ogle, Macon, Bureau, Vermilion