Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward have inducted 46 Arkansas farms into the Arkansas Century Farm Program in 2019, including the Wiles Family Farm in Polk County.
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 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.
The Wiles Family Farm in Polk County was established in 1889. Also on the 2019 induction list were two Scott County Farms. The Beaty Old Homeplace, established in 1889, and the Highfill Family Farm, established in 1915, were also among the inductees.
Agriculture is Arkansas’ 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 said. “Families who have held onto 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.
$159,939 to be used for the Senior Center from the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Grant funds. These funds originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To be eligible for this program, communities must have a population of less than 50,000, and at least 51 percent of the persons benefitting from the project must be of low-to-moderate income.
The next cycle deadline for the Rural Community Grant Program and County Fair Building Grant Program begins March 5, 2020. For more information about grants administered by AEDC, visit www.ArkansasEDC.com or call 1-800-ARKANSAS.