The Land Report

2018.4

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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100 e Land Report 96/ McCoy & Remme Ranches 152,000 ACRES Emmett McCoy, founder of McCOY'S BUILDING SUPPLY, pieced together the family's ranches in the Trans-Pecos region of Far West Texas in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, the Black Angus cow-calf operation is owned and managed by his heirs, son-in-law Kaare Remme and son Brian McCoy, the CEO of McCoy's Building Supply. 98/ Boswell Family 150,000 ACRES Heirs of John Griffin Boswell II (1882–1952) own the country's single largest farm, located in California's San Joaquin Valley and rife with cotton and tomatoes. Though J.G. BOSWELL COMPANY keeps its financials private, speculation abounds that it owns billions of dollars of water rights in the perpetually drought-stricken region. 94/ JA Ranch Heirs 158,500 ACRES The oldest continuously operated family cattle ranch in the Texas Panhandle, the JA RANCH was established in 1876 by Cornelia and John Adair (whose initials give the ranch its name) in partnership with former Texas Ranger Charles Goodnight. Today, the JA Ranch is overseen by a management team comprised of Cornelia W. "Ninia" Ritchie, Andrew Bivins, Dale Smith, and Jay O'Brien. Bivins received the 2013 Lone Star Land Steward Award from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation in recognition for his efforts to enhance the ranch's ecosystem by using GPS technology in processes such as rotational grazing and prescribed burning. 95/ Reese Family 152,500 ACRES 19,300 ACRES What started over a century ago as the family's 320-acre Wyoming homestead is now the vibrant, ever-expanding ROCKIN' 7 RANCH. The most recent acquisitions include WALKER CREEK RANCH and PIN TOP RANCH. "Walker Creek has excellent improvements, great grass, and abundant wildlife, so it fit nicely with our cattle and outfitting operations," says Brad Reese. "Pin Top is contiguous to our existing ranch on two sides, plus it has a unique needle-point mountain that is a visible landmark for 50 miles around." 96/ Ellison Family 152,000 ACRES Steeped in vaquero history and tradition, SPANISH RANCH encompasses some 76,000 acres in an arid corner of Northeast Nevada. Buckaroos ride out on horseback amid the sagebrush to feed and water cattle around the vast ranch, founded by a pair of Basque brothers nearly 150 years ago. The 38,000-acre 71 RANCH near Elko, which the Ellisons bought in the 1990s, is home to Black Angus. 98/ Eddy Family 150,000 ACRES John Eddy headed west from Michigan in 1902, investing in a sawmill on Bainbridge Island the following year. His descendants today run PORT BLAKELY, which oversees timberland operations throughout Washington and Oregon. Each of the company's three divisions recently received new names: US Forestry, NZ Forestry, and PLS International. Port Blakely's commitment to environmental stewardship remains unchanged. 98/ Green Heirs 150,000 ACRES The descendants of William Henry Green maintain a distinguished ranching legacy in and around Albany, Texas, "Home of the Hereford." Each May, the family hosts Polo on the Prairie at their LAZY 3 RANCH. Established in 1987, the crowd-pleasing event has raised more than $6.5 million for cancer research and patient programs to benefit The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The historic JA Ranch was established in the Texas Panhandle just months after the end of the Red River War. 136 L ANDREP ORT.COM e LandReport | WINTER 20 18

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