During this Christmas season, I encourage all Texans to appreciate the value of family. The team here at the Texas Department of Agriculture has an excellent reminder as we are currently busy certifying applications for the Family Land Heritage (FLH) program. Last week was the deadline to submit applications for this year. The FLH program recognizes Texas farms and ranches that have been in continuous agricultural production by the same family for 100 years or more.
It is rewarding to honor those families who have worked the land for generations and have managed to balance the seemingly unending pressures of family businesses with the infinite rewards of family bonds. These individuals, along with their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, have worked tirelessly through the years to provide Texans with life-sustaining food and fiber.
As we complete our certification process, it appears we will honor nearly 100 families at our annual, summertime FLH ceremony. I am excited because that is an increase from our previous ceremony. Thank you to those families who submitted their applications and continue to make Texas a powerhouse of agricultural production. I look forward to meeting you all next year when we hold our FLH ceremony at the Capitol.