The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2020 Arkansas Century Farm program. This program recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years.
Online and printable applications are available at https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansas-century-farm-program. There is no cost to apply.
"Arkansas Century Farm families have persevered challenges for at least 10 decades and have contributed greatly in making Arkansas agriculture the success story that it is today," said Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward in a news release. "As Arkansas' largest industry, agriculture has an economic impact of over $21 billion annually and provides one of every six jobs in the state."
To qualify, Arkansas farms must meet the following criteria:
The same family must have owned the farm for 100 years by Dec. 31, 2020.
The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage and adoption.
The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
Arkansas is home to more than 42,500 farms, of which 97% are family owned and operated. Since the Arkansas Century Farm program began in 2012, 464 farms have been certified.
Lists of previously inducted Arkansas Century Farm families can be found at https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansascentury-farm-program.
Contact Mary Elizabeth Lea at 501-219-6363 or [email protected] with questions. Applications must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2020 to be eligible for designation as a 2020 inductee.
—Arkansas Department of Agriculture