Metro-East News

Maryville farm earns centennial status after 100 years owned by family

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A Collinsville family recently joined the ranks of more than 9,600 farmers who have earned the distinction of Centennial Farm for their agricultural property since the 1970s.

John and Maggie Brennan, whose property is located in Maryville, applied for centennial status through the Illinois Department of Agriculture. To qualify, a straight or collateral line of descendants must have owned the property for at least 100 years.

“This designation not only honors their farm operation today, but also their ancestors who labored through adversity to maintain the family farm,” said Agriculture Director Philip Nelson.

The Brennans received an outdoor sign to display and a certificate signed by Nelson and Gov. Bruce Rauner. They were recognized at Agriculture Day during the Illinois State Fair.