Family Land Heritage Program
Sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture
Awarded in 1974 for Freestone County
Awarded in 1977 for Freestone County
Awarded in 1983 for Freestone County
Since 1974, The Texas Department of Agriculture has been looking for
farms and ranches that were established in 1902 or earlier and are still
agriculturally productive and owned by the same family. Other eligibility
Once a farm or ranch has been certified in the program, it will not
qualify for another 100 year certificate even though the land may have
changed hands. Farms or ranches will only be recognized again for
150 and 200 year milestones.
Owner must reside in Texas and be able to trace the line of ownership
form the first family member to the present, either through direct relatives
or by marriage.
The land must meet the old U.S. Census definition of a farm: 10 acres
or more with agricultural sales of $50 or more a year; or if less than
10 acres, sales of at least $250 a year.
The owner must work on the land or if they live off the land, they must
be actively managing the everyday operation of the farm or ranch.
If ALL the land has ever been rented to someone outside of the family,
it will not qualify. If only a portion is leased, and as much as
10 acres retained in the family for agricultural production with sales
of at least $50 annually, it will qualify.
A ceremony is held each year to recognize the owners of the farms
and ranches that are accepted into the Family Land Heritage Program.
Those who qualify receive a certificate of honor in the name of the farm
or ranch. They also can obtain a Texas Century Farm or Ranch sign
to proudly display on their property, and the family's agricultural history
is documented in the annual Family Land Heritage Registry. There
is no charge to apply for the program and no obligation to purchase historic
signs or registry.
If you need more information about the Family Land Heritage Program
or would like an application, please contact Melissa Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (512)463-2631. Applications are accepted each year, but the
deadline for each year is around November 15th.