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2011-02-17 / General Stories

Agriculture Department Seeks 100 Year Old Farms and Ranches

Texas Department Of Agriculture Seeks Texans Who Have Kept Family Farms And Ranches In Operation For 100 Years Or More

Deadline to submit applications for Family Land Heritage Program is May 1

In continuing a tradition of honoring hardworking generations of Texas farmers and ranchers, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is encouraging families to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Family Land Heritage Program. The program recognizes family farms and ranches that have been in continuous agricultural production by the same family for at least 100 years. Applications are due May 1, 2011.

“These families, who have operated their farms and ranches for 100 years or more, are strengthening Texas agriculture through their commitment to hard work and their love of the land,” Commissioner Staples said. “This land stewardship is the foundation on which Texas agriculture is built, and thanks to their perseverance, the Lone Star State is today a powerhouse of productivity and the producer of the finest food and fiber in the world.”

This year’s Family Land Heritage ceremony will be held in the fall at the Texas Capitol in Austin and will recognize farms and ranches established in 1911 or earlier.

Eligible farms and ranches must still be owned and operated by the descendants of the founder, either through blood, marriage or adoption. At least 10 acres of the land must have remained in agricultural production for 100 years. There is no cost to apply for the recognition.

Applications are available for download at www.TexasAgriculture.gov by clicking on Family Land Heritage, which is under popular links.

For more information, e- mail Lance.Williams@TexasAgriculture.gov.

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