LandCAN Conservation Success Stories

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Miller Ranch

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Miller RanchWhen Ken Miller took over the family ranch in the 80s, he knew the management practices he was taught growing up would need to evolve if he expected to pass on the family ranch legacy onto his children. In 1984, Ken and his wife Bonnie received a sponsorship to attend a holistic resource management school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There they began to realize that their current management had little reasoning behind it besides the fact that it was “the way things were done”.

 

Wilson Family Farm

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Wilson Family FarmDescribed by some as “pioneers” when it comes to demonstrating the importance of soil health, Jeremy and Sarah Wilson are showing that agricultural conservation can profit while improving the productivity of their land.   

 

Emmons Farm

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Emmons FarmConservation has been a cornerstone of the Emmons family approach for generations. Back in 1934, when a big flood occurred, Jimmy Emmons’ grandfather witnessed all of the topsoil to the depth of the plough plane had washed off into the river. The event became a personal warning sign of the need for soil and water conservation. Jimmy’s father would later experience a similar event.

 

Blue Bell Ranch

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Blue Bell RanchWhen you ask Herb Hamann about his conservation ethic and why he goes the extra mile to improve the land, he will simply give a shrug of the shoulders and say that “it’s just the right thing to do.” Herb and his wife Bev, along with their children, Breck and Arla, own and manage Blue Bell Ranch. The family is strong in their belief that their base asset is the grassland itself, and the cows are simply the tool to harvest the grass. 

 

Cammack Ranch

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Cammack RanchWith its commitment to conservation, Cammack Ranch is a place where soil, grass, cattle, wildlife and a family legacy all thrive.

 

Cronin Farms

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Cronin FarmsCronin Farms was established in 1910, when Carl Cronin moved from Nebraska to South Dakota. Ever since the beginning, the farm has been a diverse mix-livestock and crop enterprise. Today the farm is managed by Monty and Mike Cronin, along with their agronomy manager Dan Forgey.

 

Doud Ranch

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Doud RanchRick and Marlis Doud’s ranch, near Midland, is comprised of 6,000 deeded acres and 2,500 leased acres on which they run nearly 400 cow-calf pairs.

 

Guptill Ranch

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Guptill RanchGuptill Ranch is a 7,000-acre cattle operation that Pat and Mary Lou Guptill have owned and managed for the past 25 years. With their five children, they are caretakers of this special landscape in western South Dakota. The area features grasslands with rolling hills and a wooded creek running through the ranch.

 

Jorgensen Land & Cattle Partnership

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Jorgensen Land & Cattle PartnershipThe Jorgensens have made a living from farming and ranching for more than 100 years. Humbly beginning as a small family farm, Jorgensen Land and Cattle Partnership has grown to include livestock, a large variety of crops and a hunting business.

 

Kopriva Angus

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Kopriva AngusJim and Karen Kopriva purchased their first land in Clark County in 1991, but credit Karen’s parents, Harold and Mary Hurlbert, with helping them establish their farm. Karen’s family has been in Clark County since 1880 and her parents have helped both their daughters’ families get started in agriculture. Over one third of the operation’s land base is land that has been in Karen’s family for three generations.

 

Mortenson Ranch

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Mortenson RanchAt the end of the 1940s, Clarence Mortenson began to wonder how all of the water originating on his ranch could be kept there for use over an extended period of time. This idea sparked his effort to restore the ranch to its natural state. Clarence’s vision has been embraced by his sons, Todd, Jeff, and Curt, who currently operate Mortenson Ranch.

 

Rock Hills Ranch

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Rock Hills RanchHolistic resources management focused on long-term sustainability is a way of life at Rock Hills Ranch. Lyle and Garnet Perman, along with their son Luke and his wife Naomi, raise crops and Angus cattle on the 7,500-acre ranch near Lowry.

 

77 Ranch

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77 RanchGary and Sue Price’s 1,900 acre 77 Ranch in Navarro County is designed and run to be both economically and environmentally sustainable. The Prices do not make a business decision without first considering its environmental impact.

 

Uptown Farms

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Uptown FarmsMatt and Kate Lambert of Uptown Farms were the inaugural recipients of the Missouri Leopold Conservation Award®, which honors Missouri landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

 

4-O Ranches

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4-O RanchesA.B. Cox is a third generation Sandhill rancher. His family has been ranching in CherryCounty for 103 years. He and his daughter, Scout, manage their cow/calf/yearling Calf Creek and 4-O Ranches, consisting of approximately 23,000 acres, with two invaluable employees, Gerry Ashwege and Justin Duffield.

 

Beel Ranch

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Beel RanchIn 1937, Henry O. Beel purchased land located on the Brown and Cherry County line in the Sandhills of Nebraska. His son, Henry C. Beel, joined him 23 years later, and a legacy was born. In 1990, the third generation of Beels assumed stewardship of the nearly 22,000-acre cattle operation. Celebrating 75 years on the ranch, the Beel Family takes pride in looking back on the progress they have made, and looks forward to what lies ahead for future generations.

 

Bluestem Valley Farms

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Bluestem Valley FarmsBluestem Valley Farms is a fourth generation family operation consisting of farming and ranching near Martell. Lyle and Alice Sittler and their daughter and son-in-law, Kristen and Todd Eggerling, work together to maintain all facets of the operation.

 

K & W Farms

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K & W FarmsKurt and Wayne Kaup own and manage K & W Farms in Stuart, Neb., where they raise hogs and crops on the eastern edge of the Sandhills. With a commitment to improving natural resources, the Kaups are leaders in implementing no-till farming strategies combined with irrigation water management and the use of cover crops to improve the health of the soil, reduce erosion and recycle nutrients. Cover crops, in conjunction with the no-till farming, are promoting more soil organic matter and increasing the waterholding capacity of the soil.

 

Kalkowski Family Ranches

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Kalkowski Family RanchesKalkowski Family Ranches consists of land that Larry Kalkowski purchased and managed during his lifetime, as well as other land purchased by his four sons and their wives as a continuation of the main ranch.

 

Thomas Daniels and The Law of Agricultural Land Preservation

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Conservations easements can be complex. Thomas Daniels breaks down the legal principles, federal and state requirements, and the legal issues that affect agricultural land preservation efforts.