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Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun (from left) presents Andrew Jones, Larry Jones, Marta Jones and Wilma Jones with a certificate and sign designating the Charlie Jones Farm, established in 1912, as one of Arkansas' Century Farms. The presentation was made on Nov. 20 at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Jones Farm named
Arkansas Century Farm

The Charlie Jones Farm, located at Arbor Grove near Minturn, was recently recognized as one of Arkansas' Century Farms by the Arkansas Agriculture Department.

The land, now farmed by Larry Jones, Andrew Jones and Eric Hearnes, has been in the family since 1912 when Larry's great-grandfather Charlie Jones purchased the 60 acres from the Fannie Miller estate.

Since then, the land has been farmed by Rudy and Grace Jones, Jack and Wilma Jones, Larry and Marta Jones, Andrew and Kristal Jones, and nephew, Eric Hearnes.

Charlie's father, William, was the first Jones to farm in Lawrence County, coming to Clover Bend in 1872. Charlie inherited farmland when his father died, however during the Clover Bend resettlement, the federal government purchased that property.

Larry said they have been able to purchase most of that property back and continue to farm there as well, but to qualify as a century farm, the title must be possessed solely by the family for the full 100 years. Had the land not been bought out, the family would have had a qualifying farm as early as 1972, 40 years before the Arkansas Agriculture Department started the Arkansas Century Farm program.

The farm and family were recognized on Nov. 20 at the Jackson County Courthouse in Newport.

"It's a great honor for my family and especially me that we have been able to maintain this farm for all of these years," Larry said. Andrew's daughter, Claire Jones, is in line to inherit the farm and be the seventh-generation Jones to farm in Lawrence County.

The Arkansas Century Farm Program is a voluntary program as each family chooses to submit an application and participate in the program. Successful applicants receive a special certificate and a metal sign identifying their historical farm.

For a complete list of Century Farms or more information about the program, visit http://aad.arkansas.gov.

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