Maintaining a family farm or ranch for 100 years or more takes a lot of hard work and true Texas grit. At the Texas Department of Agriculture, we're proud to recognize the families who have remained committed through the Family Land Heritage Program and a ceremony at the Texas State Capitol.
This year, farms and ranches established in 1911 or earlier are eligible to be honored. The land must still be owned and operated by the descendants of the founder, either through blood, marriage or adoption. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2011, and there is no cost to apply.
With 100 years of history, a family farm or ranch in Texas has a great story to tell. Proof of this can be seen in the 4,200 farms and ranches recognized over the years by the Family Land Heritage Program. Their profiles tell the story of their ancestors' perseverance and search for opportunity in Texas. This history is what has helped build today's $100 billion Texas agriculture industry.
Those who choose to carry on their family name through agriculture are enriching a Texas way of life. The Family Land Heritage Program recognizes these families for their contribution to a powerful agriculture industry and to all citizens of the Lone Star State. We look forward to honoring all farmers and ranchers who have dedicated their lives to growing Texas at this year's Family Land Heritage ceremony.