The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2020 Arkansas Century Farm program.


The program recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years, according to a news release.


Applications are available at https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansas-century-farm-program. There is no cost to apply. Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2020, to be eligible for designation as a 2020 inductee.


“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. “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.”


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 percent are family owned and operated, according to the release.


The Arkansas Century Farm program began in 2012. Since then, 464 farms have been certified. Find lists of previously inducted Arkansas Century Farm families https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansascentury-farm-program.


Details: Mary Elizabeth Lea, at maryelizabeth.lea@agriculture.arkansas.gov or 501-219-6363.


The Arkansas Department of Agriculture offers its programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.