August 2017
Farm & Field

Bicentennial Farm Program

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries seeks to recognize family farms that have been in the same family for at least 200 years.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is launching a new program to recognize family farms that have been in the same family for at least 200 years. On Dec. 14, 2019, our state will officially observe its 200th birthday. With the statewide bicentennial celebration in mind, the department felt special recognition should be given to family farms that have remained in the same family for 200 years. Agriculture is an integral part of Alabama’s heritage and the love of the land demonstrated by these families deserves recognition.

The Bicentennial Farm Program will be administered similarly to the Alabama Century and Heritage Farm program. Applicants will complete an Ownership Registration Form tracing the family lineage of property ownership and a description of agricultural activities that took place. The application also requests photos be included of any structures remaining on the property that are 40 years old or older. Structures are not required to qualify for this program. The deadline for the Bicentennial Farm Program is Aug. 25, 2017.

The department is also accepting applications for the annual Century and Heritage Farm Program. A Century Farm is one that has been in the same family continuously for at least 100 years and currently has some agricultural activities on the farm. The farm must include at least 40 acres of land and be owned by the applicant or nominee.

A Heritage Farm is one that has operated continuously as a family farm for at least 100 years. The farm must possess interesting and important historical and agricultural aspects, including one or more structures at least 40 years old. The farm must be at least 40 acres of land owned and operated by the applicant, who must reside in Alabama.

To date, over 600 farms have been recognized across the state. All applicants must complete an Ownership Registration Form supplied by the Department of Agriculture and Industries. If you feel your farm meets these qualifications and you would like an application, please contact Amy Belcher at 334-240-7126 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications are available on the department’s website www.agi.alabama.gov under the "Forms" tab. The application deadline for the 2017 Century and Heritage Farm program is also Aug. 25.