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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 10, 2009

AUSTIN — Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced applications for this year’s Family Land Heritage Program will be accepted until December 15. The Family Land Heritage Program recognizes farms and ranches that have been in continuous agricultural production by the same family for 100 years or more.

“We are blessed with some incredible families in Texas,” Commissioner Staples said. “It is rewarding to honor the families who have worked the land for 100 years or more. These individuals, along with their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, have provided Texans with food and fiber to sustain our lives. We celebrate their commitment to hard work and their love of the land.”

Applications will be accepted for farms or ranches established in 1909 or earlier, and still owned and operated by the descendants of the founder, either through blood, marriage or adoption. The land must also fit the following definition of a farm: 10 acres or more with agricultural sales of $50 or more a year; or if fewer than 10 acres, sales of at least $250 a year.

The owners must reside in Texas and actively manage the everyday operation of the farm or ranch. If all the land has ever been rented or leased to someone outside of the family, it will not qualify. If only a portion was leased, and as many as 10 acres were retained in the family for agricultural production with sales of at least $50 annually, the property will still qualify. There is no cost to apply for the recognition.

For an application or more information, contact Lance Williams at (512) 463-3285, P.O. Box 12847, Austin, Texas 78711. The application can also be downloaded at www.Texas Agriculture.gov under the Family Land Heritage link.

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