11/19/2013 2:54:00 PM South Texas Families Recognized at State Capitol
JM Lozano State Representative
Agriculture remains a strong part of the South Texas economy, generating $100 billion in economic impact across our state.
It also reminds us of the legacy of our ancestors. This fall, families from across Texas were honored at the State Capitol for continuously owning and operating an agricultural operation for 100 years or more. Called the Family Land Heritage program, this recognition is overseen by the Texas Department of Agriculture. This year marked the 38th ceremony of its kind.
In fact, 115 farms and ranches from across 66 Texas counties were honored. The ceremony took place in the chamber for the Texas House of Representatives and was hosted by Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
"Life in agriculture is never easy or simple, yet it's truly a rewarding way of life," Commissioner Staples said, "I congratulate our honorees for preserving their ancestors' dream and making Texas a leader in agriculture." Legendary entertainer and cowboy poet Red Steagall performed for the honorees.
I was present at the ceremony and proud to help recognize six farms and ranches from District 43. Our local honorees were: Algea Ranch (Bee County), Rancho Puerto Rico (Jim Wells County), two separately owned parcels of Alvin Bremer Farm(San Patricio County), Gust & Ida Adams Farm (San Patricio County) and John Bremer Farms (San Patricio County). I applaud the families for their tenacity and commitment to operating a family farm or ranch. Congratulations on your recognition as part of the Family Land Heritage Program.