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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where do I begin?

Start by downloading an application to complete. We offer 3 farm designations:


Centennial (100 Years)


Sesquicentennial (150 Years)


Bicentennial (200 Years)


If you have any questions, please email

How do I complete application verification?

To complete application verification, take your farm application and any supporting documents to your county recorder's office, a title search company, or an attorney and inquire about verification.

What will I receive once my application is verified?

  • Road-grade metal sign
  • A letter of recognition
  • Press release to send to your local newspaper
  • Certificate signed by the Governor and the Director of Agriculture
  • An invitation to the Agriculture Day Breakfast during the Illinois State Fair

Will the Illinois Department of Agriculture customize my farm heritage sign?

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will not put farm names on signs. However, a sign maker in your community or a friend with a "cricut" vinyl cutting machine can add your name to the sign.

Can I order more than one sign?

Yes! Signs are $50 each, so if you wish to receive more than one, simply add that amount to your check and write on your application how many signs you are ordering.

How do I get a second or replacement sign?

If you wish to order a second or replacement sign, you need to complete a recertification form, either centennial or sesquicentennial. Mail the form to the Illinois Department of Agriculture with a $50 check to receive a new sign. If you need a copy of the information we have on record for your farm, please email

I have a centennial sign, how do I get a sesquicentennial sign?

Download the application and complete it. If you have any questions or need a copy of the information we have on your farm, please email

How long does it take to receive the designation?

From the time IDOA receives your application, it takes 6-8 weeks to receive your sign.

When is Agriculture Day?

Agriculture Day is celebrated during the Illinois State Fair every year. Invitations are sent out at the beginning of August to all farms certified the previous fiscal year.