Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has extended the deadline for the Family Land Heritage Program for century farms to June 1, 2012. Participating century farms will be recognized at the Family Land Heritage Program ceremony at the Texas Capitol in Austin this fall.
The Family Land Heritage Program honors Texas farms that have been in continuous agricultural production within the same family for at least 100 years. To date, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has recognized more than 4,500 century farms in 237 counties.
“Through generations of hard work, perseverance and love of the land, these families have operated their farms and ranches for 100 years or more, making Texas a powerhouse of agricultural productivity,” Staples said. “This commitment to the land is the foundation on which Texas agriculture is built, and thanks to these families and their ancestors, the Lone Star State today stands as a recognized producer of the finest food and fiber in the world.”
An application for the Family Land Heritage Program can be downloaded at www.texasagriculture.gov by clicking “Family Land Heritage” under the “I Need To…” section. Questions may be directed to Lance.Williams@texasagriculture.gov.