The Arkansas Agriculture Department announced on Jan. 26 that it is accepting applications for the 2015 Arkansas Century Farm Program. This program recognizes the agriculture heritage of the state, as well as the families who have owned the same land for a minimum of 100 years.
“The family farm is an Arkansas tradition -- a way of life for generations of hard-working folks and a precious resource for all,” said Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. “In honoring those families who are part of this great tradition, the Arkansas Century Farm Program recognizes the historical relevance of the family farm and its important place in Arkansas's future.”
In order to qualify for the program, a family must have owned a farm for 100 years by December 31, 2015. Ownership must be from the original settler through children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews and nieces, including through marriage and adoption. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2015, and there is no cost to apply.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department began the Arkansas Century Farm program back in 2012. When the program first started, there were 83 farms that were recognized. Some of these farms include Dilday Farm, Sharp Farm, Motley Farms, and Lucas Farm.
Many of the farms that made it into the inaugural class also date back to the 19th century. Haney’s Farm, for instance, was founded in 1892. The Eubanks Family Farm was founded in 1896, while the Buchnanan Farm was established in 1873.
All members of the inaugural class received personalized Arkansas Century Program signs at events in Ozark, Des Arc, Stuttgart and Batesville in December 2012. When each farm received its sign, a family member had an opportunity to speak about the history of his or her farm.