Arkansans who've farmed land for a century sought

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Agriculture Department wants to hear from families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years.

Gov. Mike Beebe says the Arkansas Century Farm Program is designed to acknowledge families who contributed to the state's traditions and to remind others that work is needed to ensure that those traditions continue for future generations.

Arkansas has 49,000 farms on 13.5 million acres. The average farm size is 280 acres.

Applicants must show the same family has owned the farm for a century by Dec. 31. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews.

The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and financially contribute to the overall farm income.

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