Applications are now open for the 2020 Arkansas Century Farm program. Administered by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, the program recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for 100 years or more.
According to the state Agriculture Department, there are approximately 42,500 farms in Arkansas. Founded in 2012, the Arkansas Century Farm program has recognized 464 farms throughout the state.
“Arkansas Century Farm families have persevered challenges for at least ten decades and have contributed greatly in making Arkansas agriculture the success story that it is today,” Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward said in a statement. “As Arkansas’s largest industry, agriculture has an economic impact of over $21 billion annually and provides one of every six jobs in the state.”
In order to be recognized as an Arkansas Century Farm, applicants must meet a number of requirements. The criteria are (1) the same family must have owned the farm by Dec. 31, 2020; (2) the line of ownership must pass through the original buyer/settler through children, grandchildren, siblings and/or nephews/nieces, as well as through marriage and adoption; and (3) the farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land and make a financial contribution to the farm’s income.
The application deadline for the 2020 Arkansas Century Farm program is May 31. Applications must be postmarked by that date. There is no cost to apply.