Family farms are rare enough these days, but to have survived wars, depressions, droughts and the rest for 100 years, that’s worth celebrating.
And the Ag Department feels the same way.
It’s called the Family Land Heritage program, and it’s the Department of Agriculture’s way of recognizing family farming operations that have been around for 100 years or more.
And we found one right nearby.
David Wright is the owner of the Wright Farm, about 3 miles south of Arp, and it has been in continuous operation by his family since 1894.
And he lives in the house his grandfather built in 1901.
It’s a house that sits on nearly 500 acres of hay and grazing land where david runs cattle these days.
And in 2004, they joined a prestigious list of farming and ranching operations still going strong after a century.
If you operate a family farm or ranch in continuous use by the same family for 100 years, the Ag Department wants to hear from you.
But the deadline is May 1st.
By the way, the oldest in our area is the Bradford Ranch near Arp that dates back to 1848.