Texas farmers and ranchers who have kept their land in continuous agricultural production for at least 100 years are encouraged to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Family Land Heritage program.

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, the farms and ranches established in 1918 or earlier will be recognized at the Family Land Heritage ceremony at the Texas Capitol.

To date, TDA has recognized more than 5,000 farms and ranches, including 211 for 150 years of operation.

To apply for the Family Land Heritage recognition, visit www.TexasAgriculture.gov and click on the Family Land Heritage icon.

Applications are due June 1. There is no cost to apply.