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2015 Land Report 100: Brad Kelley

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No. 4 Brad Kelley 1,500,000+ acres Calumet Farm ranks as perhaps the most celebrated acquisition by this Kentucky native. Established in 1924, the Bluegrass landmark produced a record number of Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown winners under the leadership of

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Posted in Equestrian, Feature, Kentucky, South

Historic Greenwood Plantation Finds A New Owner

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Emily “Paddy” Vanderbilt Wade purchased 4,000 acres of the Greenwood Plantation from the Whitney family for $22 million. Located near Thomasville, Georgia, this quail-hunting mecca features 1,200 acres of carefully managed old-growth forest known as the Big Woods. Wade owns

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Georgia, News Desk, South

Three-Peat for Bezos

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Amazon.com founder moves even closer to offering aspiring astronauts the trip of a lifetime. A Far West Texas ranch has gone from running steers to racing to the forefront in the next chapter in manned space flight. As of April

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Southwest, Texas

Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Merger Creates “New Paul Bunyan”

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The $8.4 billion merger of Weyerhaeuser Company with Plum Creek Timber Company created the nation’s largest private landowner, leading one analyst to label the 13-million-acre behemoth the “new Paul Bunyan.” The company, which will operate under the Weyerhaeuser name, has

Posted in Alabama, California, Feature, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oregon, Pacific, South, South Carolina, Timber, Washington, West Virginia

2015 Land Report 100: Eugene Gabrych

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No. 50 Eugene Gabrych 200,000 acres The jewel in the crown of Gabrych’s vast holdings in Nevada and California remains Rock Springs Ranch and Lodge, an 18,200-acre contiguous block of native grazing land ideally situated between the Salinas and San

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Feature, Hunting, Nevada, Pacific, Recreation, West

Saudi Dairy Increases its Western Farmland Holdings

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In an effort to provide feed to more than 170,000 cows, Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy, Almarai Company, paid $31.8 million to acquire the 1,790-acre Ulmer Ranch near Blythe, California. The purchase follows the acquisition two years ago of 10,000 acres

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Feature, International, News Desk, Pacific, Water

Kroenke Ranches Acquires Waggoner

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Established in 1849, the Waggoner Ranch spans six Texas counties and covers almost 800 square miles. The 510,527-acre ranch’s asking price was $725 million; no terms were disclosed. “This is an incredible opportunity and an even greater responsibility,” said Kroenke

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Farming, Feature, Hunting, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas, Water

2015 Land Report 100: Bidegain Family

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No. 43 Bidegain Family 225,000 acres Alongside sons Donnie and Scott, and with the help of wife, Laurie, Philip Bidegain oversees operations of T4 Cattle Company, founded in 1902 by his great-grandmother in Eastern New Mexico. Widely admired for sensitive

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, New Mexico, Southwest

Ted Turner Acquires Dances with Wolves Ranch

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Formerly known as the Triple U, the Standing Butte Ranch’s 46,000 acres are native prairie grassland that has never been scarred by disc or blade. After more than a half century of stewardship, the Houck family decided to sell their

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Conservation, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, South Dakota

2015 Land Report 100: Babbitt Heirs

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No. 31 Babbitt Heirs 270,000 acres President and fourth-generation family member Billy Cordasco oversees operations from the Northern Arizona outpost of Flagstaff, which includes a recent partnership with federal officials to reintroduce the endangered black-footed ferret to the wild. Click

Posted in Agriculture, Arizona, Cattle, Conservation, Equestrian, Feature, Southwest
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