Commissioner Staples Honors Texas Families, 104 Historic Farms, Ranches During 37th Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony (11/8/2012)

AUSTIN — In a celebration of agriculture and family heritage, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today honored 104 farms and ranches spanning 67 Texas counties at the 37th Annual Family Land Heritage (FLH) ceremony. The ceremony, which was held in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol, recognized Texas families who have kept their farms and ranches in continuous agricultural production for 100 years or more.

“Life in agriculture is never easy or simple,” Commissioner Staples said. “We face droughts, fires, floods and pests, but here in Texas, we persevere. Today, the land these families have nurtured has turned the Texas agriculture industry into a powerhouse of productivity that generates $100 billion in economic impact for our state. That’s an accomplishment that would not be possible without the hard work of our farming and ranching families. I congratulate our honorees for preserving their ancestors’ dream and making Texas a leader in agriculture.” 

Among the families honored today are seven whose properties have been in continuous agricultural production for 150 years or more. The seven properties reaching this milestone are: Barfield Ranch in Brazos County; Heritage Farm in Collin County; Birdsong Ranch in Kendall County; Kowierschke Heim Platz in Llano County; Alexis Rambin Home Place in Nacogdoches County; Jones Farm in Parker County; and Sloan Sisters Ranch-Homestead in San Saba County.

To date, TDA has recognized more than 4,700 properties in 237 counties across Texas.

Cowboy poet and entertainer Red Steagall performed at today’s ceremony, and KEYE TV news anchor Ron Oliveira served as master of ceremonies.

The event was made possible thanks to sponsors, including: Adam’s Canopy Service; Ag Workers Insurance; Blue Bell; Dow Agro Sciences; Heritage Land Bank; McCoy’s; Monsanto; National Ranching Heritage Center; Texas Agricultural Land Trust; Texas Association of Dairymen; Texas Deer Association; Texas Disposal Systems; Texas Electric Cooperates; Texas Farm Bureau; Texas Pork Producers; Texas Potato Growers; Texas Poultry Federation; Texas Restaurant Association and Whole Foods. 

To view the complete list of FLH properties honored this year, visit www.TexasAgriculture.gov and click on the Family Land Heritage link.