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TDA OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR FAMILY LAND HERITAGE RECOGNITION (2/10/2020)

AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is proud to invite Texas farmers and ranchers to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Family Land Heritage (FLH) program, which pays tribute to families who have kept their land in continuous agricultural production for at least 100 years. As TDA continues this proud tradition of honoring true Lone Star pioneers, families are asked to submit their applications for recognition in the 2020 FLH registry by May 1, 2020.

“I can’t brag on these hardworking Texas farmers and ranchers enough,” Commissioner Miller said. “Farm and ranch families comprise less than 2% of the U.S. population and these folks have been able to keep their family land in continuous production for over 100 years. That takes a great deal of perseverance and commitment to Texas agriculture. Without them, our state’s agriculture industry wouldn’t be the powerhouse it has become, and they deserve to be recognized for that.”

Eligible farms and ranches must be owned and operated by the descendants of the founder, either through blood, marriage or adoption. At least 10 acres of the land must have been in continuous agricultural production for the past 100 years or more.

This fall, Commissioner Miller will honor farms and ranches established in 1920 or earlier at the FLH ceremony at the Texas Capitol.


“I encourage those who are eligible to apply for the 45th Annual Family Land Heritage ceremony,” Commissioner Miller said. “Farming and ranching isn’t for the faint of heart; there is a great deal of hard work and sacrifice. As a longtime rancher myself, I am proud to pay tribute to the men and women who nurture our land and continue to keep the legacy going.”

For more information or to apply for FLH recognition, click here.

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For more information on the Family Land Heritage program:
Contact: Justin Rand at 512-463-9985

For media inquiries:
Contact: Maddison Jaureguito at 512-463-7899