Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and the Texas Department of Agriculture recognized 102 farms and ranches at the 33rd Annual Family Land Heritage ceremony April 4 in Austin. The ceremony was held in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol. The annual event recognizes families who have kept their farms and ranches in continuous agricultural production for more than 100 years.
“For more than a century these families have made agriculture a way of life, establishing Texas as a nationwide leader in an ever-demanding agricultural industry,” Staples said. “It’s because of their unwavering dedication that Texas agriculture is the $100 billion powerhouse it is today.”
To date, more than 4,300 Texas farms and ranches in 233 counties have been recognized by the Family Land Heritage Program. Andrews County was added to the list of counties with honored farms and ranches for the recent induction.
Gov. Rick Perry, a former agriculture commissioner, joined Staples at this year’s event to honor and thank the families for their amazing persistence and dedication to the land.
“A rich agricultural heritage has been, and will always be, a pillar of pride for our great state,” Perry said. “It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the families whose lineage is as deeply rooted in our soil as it is in Texas history.”
TDA honored 14 farms and ranches that have been in operation for at least 150 years in the following counties: Burnet, Collin, Colorado, Ellis, Fannin, Jim Hogg, Lampasas, Panola, Parker, Waller, Williamson and Zapata.