May 2, 2018


Encourages South Texas Landowners to Apply for Family Land Heritage Program


AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has extended the application deadline to apply for the Family Land Heritage Program to June 1st. As a rancher himself, Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) encourages the ranching families of South Texas to apply to TDA to be recognized for their centuries of careful stewardship of the land.


"Texas is the fastest growing state in the nation; As we see that growth expand our urban and suburban centers, we see rural Texas shrinking," said Guillen. "To avert the risk of losing our rural South Texas history, heritage, and way of life, it's essential that we promote our contributions to the state and remind folks of the importance of their rural neighbors."


The Texas Family Land Heritage Program honors families who have helped pioneer Texas agriculture over the last century. A ceremony is held at the Texas State Capitol every year to honor these committed family farmers and ranchers who have passed down their legacy through the generations. This year, the TDA has extended the deadline to apply to Friday, June 1st. All Texans who own at least 10 acres of land that has been in agricultural production for the past 100 years or more are eligible to apply.


As a 6th generation South Texas rancher, Representative Ryan Guillen encourages all eligible agricultural families to apply for this program. Guillen has always been a diligent supporter of the farmers and ranchers of South Texas. Guillen was vital to the passage of legislation that helped offset the financial cost to ranchers whose land and livestock were quarantined due to fever ticks, he also helped secure over $12 million to help fight fever ticks and protect the cattle industry. Additionally, Guillen has successfully fought to protect the agricultural property tax exemption, including a bill that protected the ag exempt status of  landowners who destroy or treat diseased citrus trees.


"As someone from a long line of ranchers, I am conscious of the hard work it takes to maintain land from generation to generation," said Guillen. "I respect and applaud all families who have maintained their agricultural operations for so long."


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and