Commissioner of Agriculture Susan Combs has reminded families that Nov. 15 is the deadline for submitting an application for the 2000 Family Land Heritage Program.

The program recognizes farms and ranches that have been in continuous agriculture production by the same family for at least 100 years.

In addition, the Texas Department of Agriculture has added two new categories--the 150-year-old and 200-year-old honoree levels.

"The history each family brings to the Family Land Heritage Program is an integral part of the solid foundation that helped build Texas agriculture into what it is today-the state's second-largest industry," Combs said. "And the 2000 honorees will continue to strengthen Texas agriculture through their commitment to hard work and their love of the land."

Program applications are available through county judges and TDA. Applications may be obtained by writing to Debbie Ellis, Texas Department of Agriculture, PO Box 12847, Austin, TX 78711; or by calling Ellis, at 512-463-7653.

Applications are also available on the TDA Internet Website, www.agr.state.tx.us, under "Producer Information."

The deadline for submitting an application to TDA is Nov. 15.

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