Four local farms were among 42 across the state inducted into the Arkansas Century Farm program Wednesday by Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward.
Arkansas Century Farm recognizes Arkansas farms of 10 acres or more owned by the same family for at least 100 years.
Local farms recognized were the Mears Family Farm in Marion County established in 1904, Montgomery Farms established in 1913 and Evans Family Farm established in 1912, both in Fulton County, and Rockin B Farm in Boone County established in 1888.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department began the Century Farm program in 2012 as a way to highlight the contributions of these families to the agriculture industry, as well as their overall contributions to the state. Agriculture is Arkansass largest industry, contributing more than $20 billion to the states economy annually and providing one in every six jobs in the state. Arkansas consistently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the production of 23 agricultural commodities.
Including the 2018 inductees, 418 farms are currently recognized as Arkansas Century Farms.
Applications for the 2019 Century Farm Inductees will open in February.
Photo: Evans Family Farm of Fulton County presentation.
Photo: Mears Family Farm of Marion County presentation.
Photo: Rockin B Farm of Boone County presentation.
Not pictured: Montgomery Farms of Fulton County.
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