5 from area join Arkansas Century Farm Program

The newest inductees in Arkansas’s Century Farm Program include five from the North Central area. 

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward inducted 46 Arkansas farms into the Arkansas Century Farm Program at the State Capitol late last month.

The Arkansas Century Farm program recognizes Arkansas farms of 10 acres or more owned by the same family for at least 100 years. Arkansas Department of Agriculture began the Century Farm program in 2012 to highlight the contributions of these families to the agriculture industry, as well as their overall contributions to the state.

In Fulton County, the Morris-Taylor Family Farm, established in 1906, and the Humphries Hubble Creek Farm, established in 1879, were inducted.

In Izard County, the Arch Westmoreland Farm, established in 1918, was inducted.

Rounding out the inductees from North Central Arkansas were the Grinder/Taylor Farm in Searcy County, established in 1917, and the Webb Place, established in 1919, in Stone County.

Agriculture is Arkansas’s largest industry, contributing more than $21 billion to the state’s economy annually and providing one in every six jobs in the state. Arkansas consistently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the production of more than 15 agricultural commodities.

“How reassuring that we are adding more families to the Arkansas Century Farm Program,” Governor Hutchinson says. “Families who have held on to their farms for generations lend a sense of continuity in a time of frequent change. These families pass down more than the knowledge of farming. They are handing down love of family and an ethic of hard work as well as a love for the land.”

Applications for the 2020 Century Farm Inductees will open in February.

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