The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has announced that the Dwight Wilson property in Polk County and Adams Farms Inc. in Walton County have qualified as Century Pioneer Family Farms. Recognition in this program means the families have maintained continuous ownership of the property for at least 100 years.

"These families have been able to retain ownership of their land through the Depression, droughts, freezes and the urbanization of Florida," Charles Bronson, state agriculture commissioner, said in a news release. "That is a great tribute to the many generations of these families."

The Wilson property now grows citrus, but produced strawberries, watermelon and field peas in the past. The Adams property consists of 1,600 acres, where peanuts, cotton and corn were produced, as well as a cow/calf operation.

Since the program began 26 years ago, 128 farm families have received the Century Pioneer Family Farm designation. The program is administered by the agriculture department with assistance from the Florida Agricultural Museum.

For more information about the program or to apply for membership into the program contact Richard Gunnels at or (850) 488-3022.