Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller announced on April 25 that Texas farmers and ranchers are now eligible to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Family Land Heritage (FLH) program.
This program is designed to recognize families that have kept their land in continuous agricultural production for a minimum of 100 years. The deadline for program applications is May 31.
Families may be able to enroll in the program if they have owned and operated at least 10 acres of farmland for at least 100 years. Additionally, the land must have been in operation by descendants of the founder, either through blood, marriage or adoption. To date, more than 4,800 ranches and farms have been recognized by the TDA.
“Family farms and ranches are key to our agricultural heritage in Texas and instrumental to our future success,” said Miller. “The Family Land Heritage program gives us the opportunity to recognize Texas families for their enduring commitment, perseverance and hard work, all of which has helped make our state’s agriculture industry the powerhouse that it is today.”
Currently, seven Texas ranches have been in operation for more than 200 years, according to the FLH.
“As a longtime rancher myself, I am proud to pay tribute to the men and women who nurture our land, and I encourage future generations to keep the legacy going,” Miller added.
There is no fee for ranchers and farmers to apply to be a part of the program. Individuals can find out more information by visiting www.TexasAgriculture.gov.