Thursday, June 4, 2009

34th Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony

Thursday was a great day in Texas agriculture. I was honored to host the 34th Annual Family Land Heritage Ceremony. The Texas Department of Agriculture inducted 78 Texas farms and ranches in 60 counties across the Lone Star State into the Family Land Heritage Program. This annual event is one of my favorite and most coveted of the year. It is truly a blessing to interact with these families who have held their farms and ranches together for 100, 150 and even 200 years.

Land ownership is synonymous with independence and freedom, things we hold dear in Texas. Our ancestors dreamed of owning land and building a life better than the one they’d left behind. They survived frontier life and hardships with courage and ingenuity. The families we honor in the program are the living proof their ancestors succeeded.

True to its past, agriculture is largely a family endeavor. At the Texas Department of Agriculture, we want to make sure the promise and potential of this great industry are passed on to our sons and daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Texas farmers and ranchers have a history of conducting their business with integrity and honesty, and have consistently demonstrated a willingness to fight to improve the lives of all Texans.

The families we honored this year are the patriots of Texas. And I thank them for the work they all do to make our state great.

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