Farming Heritage

Century Farm sign on rail fenceSince its founding, Tennessee has had a rich farming heritage. With due care, this heritage will continue along with growth and progress into the foreseeable future.

The Century Farms program, administered by the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, recognizes farms owned for a hundred years or more by the same family.

The Farmland legacy emphasis of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture seeks ways to preserve the state's farmland while keeping farms profitable. Every year, Tennessee loses approximately 60,000 acres of farmland. With the provided resources, this trend can be slowed or reversed.

You can register your farm name with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and receive an official farm name certificate.