- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Applications are being accepted for a program that honors Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years.

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting applications for the 2015 Arkansas Century Farm program to recognize Arkansas’s rich agricultural heritage. Since the program’s inception in 2012, 240 farms have been certified as Arkansas Century Farms.

To qualify, the same family must have owned the farm for 100 years by Dec. 31, 2015. The farm must also be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

Nationally, more than 96 percent of agricultural operations are family farms. Arkansas has more than 44,600 farms on 13.8 million acres with the average farm size of 309 acres.

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