Holland Farm, established in 1860, and Duncan Farm, established in 1904, both of Van Buren County, were inducted into the Arkansas Century Farm Program by Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward during a ceremony at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

The Arkansas Century Farm Program recognizes Arkansas farms of 10 acres or more owned by the same family for at least 100 years.

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 our state.   Agriculture is Arkansas's largest industry, contributing more than $20 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 23 agricultural commodities.

"The value of farm families is more than their crops and livestock. Through generations, their commitment to family and hard work has proven to be the combination of values that enriches our communities, and makes our state and nation great," Governor Hutchinson said to the Century Farm Families.

Including Holland Farm, Duncan Farm and the other 40 new inductees this year, 418 farms are currently recognized as Arkansas Century Farms. The farms recognized during this ceremony are  located in the following 25 counties:  Arkansas, Boone, Columbia, Conway, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Marion, Ouachita, Poinsett, Sebastian, Union, Van Buren, Washington, and Woodruff.

Applications for the 2019 Century Farm Inductees will open in February.