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Fisher Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 26 Fisher Family 440,000 acres Gap cofounders Donald and Doris Fisher developed the Mendocino family of companies to manage their California timberlands: MENDOCINO REDWOOD COMPANY and Pacific Lumber, now known as HUMBOLDT REDWOOD. The Fisher family recently funded a

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Posted in California, Feature, Land Report 100, Pacific, Timber

Travelin’ Man

Don’t tell T.D. Kelsey what he can or can’t do. Somehow, some way, he does it all, he does it well, and he does it his way. By Henry Chappell Photography by Wyman Meinzer Near the end of his life,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, Henry Chappell, Recreation, Texas

Simplot Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 25 Simplot Family 443,091 acres Jack Simplot (1909—2008) was no ordinary potato farmer. In 1967, the Iowa native struck a deal with McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc to supply the fast-food giant with frozen french fries. With that single transaction,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals

Food for Thought: Solar

Written by Cary Estes What are the best ways to enhance returns on productive farmland? Perry Vieth sees several possibilities. One with a bright future is solar energy. “That’s the biggest opportunity we’re seeing right now,” says Vieth, the president

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Posted in Agriculture, Developers, Energy, Farming, Feature

Food for Thought: Hemp

Written by Lisa Martin AT PRESS TIME, only nine states – Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas – ban the cultivation of hemp, a resilient row crop that thrives in unamended soil and requires minimal

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy

McDonald Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 24 McDonald Family 474,000 acres This Alabama family holds the vast majority of their US lands (some 300,000-plus acres) in Maine via GREAT NORTHWOODS LLC. The McDonalds also own more than 100,000 acres in their home state as well

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Posted in Alabama, Energy, Feature, Florida, Land Report 100, Maine, Minerals, Northeast, Oklahoma, South, Timber

Land Report Texas $1 Billion Club

The TOP TEN listings in the Lone Star State boast an average price north of $100 million. -The Editors 1. Mesa Vista Ranch | $250 Million Boone Pickens’ 100-square-mile ranch has been deemed “arguably the finest quail hunting spot in

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Developers, Feature, Hunting, Minerals, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Water

D.R. Horton: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 23 D.R. Horton 503,000 acres The chairman of the country’s leading home builder, Don Horton has snapped up several marquee ranching operations, including New Mexico’s 292,779-acre GREAT WESTERN RANCH. Each summer, he hosts hundreds of his employees’ children, grandchildren,

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, New Mexico, Recreation, Southwest, Texas

Westervelt Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 22 Westervelt Heirs 518,000 acres In 1884, the Prairie States Paper Company was founded by Herbert Westervelt, a talented innovator who patented the self-opening paper bag machine. His descendants’ WESTERVELT COMPANY is based in Tuscaloosa and operates in Alabama,

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Posted in Alabama, Conservation, Feature, Florida, Georgia, Land Report 100, Mississippi, South, South Carolina, Timber

Food for Thought: Customer Connection

Each year, the Big Four – JBS, Cargill, National Beef, and Tyson – process more than 80 percent of the cattle that go to market. One of the by-products of this concentration is that many cattlemen have little or even

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Pacific

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