The Land Report

Winter 2017

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122 The LandReport | W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 LANDREPORT.COM 87 | 83 | 76 | The Land Report 100 Offutt Family 190,000 acres NEW TO LIST R.D. Offutt Company is a sixth-generation family-owned potato farming operation based in Fargo, North Dakota. Originally based in Minnesota, the family identified a niche to produce more uniform potatoes by utilizing Minnesota's sandier soils. Oe family also owns RDO Equipment Co., which sells and services agriculture, construction, environmental, positioning, surveying, and irrigation equipment from manufacturers including John Deere, Vermeer, and Topcon. Williams Family 182,450 acres Dating back to 1883, the Williamses Pitchfork Ranch totals 181,000 acres in Dickens and King counties near Guthrie, Texas. Some additional acreage is owned in Oklahoma. Oe family takes particular pride in the fact that the ranch's original 52,500 acres have tripled since its found- ing. By contrast, many of the pioneering cattle kingdoms out West reached their zenith in the 19th century. Durrett Family 182,000 acres Based in Amarillo, this cattle ranching family also owns significant property near Folsom, New Mexico. Oe combined LBJ Custom Cattle–Durrett Cattle team took second place last summer in the New Mexico Championship Ranch Rodeo, which qualified them for the prestigious World Championship Ranch Rodeo. Bridwell Heirs 180,000 acres NEW TO LIST In the early 1920s, Joseph Sterling Bridwell (1885–1966) had enough sense to lease some acreage from W.T. Waggoner of Waggoner Ranch fame. His resulting success led to the development of the Bridwell Oil Company. At its height, the company owned 700 wells in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana. Bridwell purchased ranches in Archer and Clay counties that carried 6,000 head of livestock. H aynes Family 180,000 acres NEW TO LIST Like so many other landowners, Herbert C. Haynes learned his trade by his father's side at logging camps Herbert G. ran in the Maine woods. Cruising timber and running crews became second nature to the young man, and by 1963, a company was born: H.C. Haynes, Inc. Today, Jay Haynes runs his father's company. His sisters Ginger and Barbara work there, too. Kennedy Family 177,000 acres Peter Maximus Kennedy (1922–2009) shepherded Dominick & Dominick, one of Wall Street's oldest continuously operated firms, through the grim bear market of the late 1960s. Its survival was a testament to his leadership. He subsequently formed the family-held Eighteen Seventy Corporation, whose assets include the GI Ranch in the shadow of the Ochoco National Forest some 90 miles east of Bend, Oregon. Robert A. Funk 175,250 acres Anyone who reads "Trail Boss," (e Land Report, Fall 2011) knows that this outgoing Oklahoman lives life in high gear. In addi- tion to ranking as one of the nation's largest landowners, Funk cofounded Express Employment Professionals, the country's largest privately owned staffing firm. Last year, it enjoyed revenues of more than $3 billion and employed more than 500,000 people. All told, Express has helped more than 5 million people secure employment. For these accomplishments and countless others, Funk was inducted into the Okla- homa Hall of Fame last month (opposite). Mike Mechenbier 172,000 acres Decades ago, this New Mexican bought a seven-acre pig farm; nowadays, his Four Daughters Land & Cattle Co. runs thousands of head of cattle. Along the way, Mike and wife Kathy founded El Ranchito de los Niños, a permanent home for siblings whose circumstances might require they be separated. Not at E l Ranchito. Oanks to the Mechenbiers, they grow into adulthood together. Read more at www.elranchitonm.org. Broadbent Family 1 70,000 acres Oe Broadbents began raising livestock more than a century ago. Today, third- and fourth-generation family members oversee operations in California, Wyoming, and Utah. Oey do so on leased public land as well as fee acreage. Oe family also finishes their lambs at a feeding operation in California's Imperial Valley. Irwin Heirs 170,000 acres Located north of Prescott, Arizona, the Irwin's O RO Ranch includes the Baca Float #5, a 100,000-acre historical oddity that deserves more column inches than currently available. In essence, the Gadsden Purchase recognized the validity of Spanish and Mexican land grants, including ones that settlers had violated. Uncle Sam made good on those grants by "floating" them to other areas of the Desert Southwest. Sugg Family 166,655 acres Pioneering Oklahoma rancher J.D. "Ikard" Sugg left an estate worth $3 to $4 million. He bequeathed the 16,000-acre Haines Ranch in Texas's Irion County to his nephew Robert Gibson, and he left the OH Triangle and the 7D ranches in Irion, Sterling, Reagan, and Tom Green counties to the three children of his brother Calvin. Jones Sisters 166,000 acres Oe late Aaron Jones's daughters – Becky, Kathy, and Jody – continue to manage the sawmill their father established in Lane County, Oregon, some 63 years ago. In 1992, Jones founded Seneca Jones Timber Company, which celebrated the planting of its 36 millionth seedling this spring. Oe company recently announced a $60- million upgrade for improved efficiency in the production of sustainable lumber. 77 | 78 | 79 | 81 | 79 | 82 | 84 | 84 | 86 |

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