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Lorie A. Woodward has worked as a writer and public relations practitioner exploring the intersection of agriculture, natural resources and public policy throughout her career. Her professional journey, which has included stints in the public and private sector, has taken her across the country and around the world, where she has been enthralled by the people of the land and their stories. Before joining LAND magazines and LAND.com as a staff writer, she served as president of Woodward Communications and co-founded the Roundtop.com family of publications, focusing on life in the rolling hills of central Texas where country meets city. Woodward, the mother of two grown children, was reared on a ranch near Lexington, Texas, but now makes her home in Brenham, Texas.
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Texas Wildlife Association Member Profile: Stephen “Tio” Kleberg

Stephen J. "Tio" Kleberg is a cowboy by nature and a rancher by nurture. “When most kids are in elementary school, they aspire to be firemen or doctors or policemen, but I always wanted to be a cowboy,” Kleberg, who represents the fifth generation to have lived and worked on King Ranch, says.

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Giving Old Barns New Life

Donald Polaski, owner of the Antique Barn Company based in Orford, New Hampshire, has dedicated his career to giving historic buildings new life.

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Rob Pfister: Old West Values, New West Vision

Rob Pfister, owner of Pfister Land Company in Buffalo, Wyoming, was weaned on the independent spirit and self-reliance of the American West.

Broker Spotlight: Hodde Real Estate

Randy Hodde, co-owner of Hodde Real Estate in Brenham, is a matchmaker. “We’re property matchmakers… we help people find their place.”

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The Texas Agricultural Land Trust: Created by Landowners for Landowners

Conservation easements, as part of a comprehensive estate plan, can help families pass their ranches to the next generation.

Broker Spotlight: Hall and Hall’s Joel Leadbetter

Lorie Woodward Cantu sits down with Hall and Hall broker Joel Leadbetter to discuss his career and approach to selling land.

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Ron Schara: A Product of Nature & Nurture

Outdoor writer and television personality Ron Schara, creator and star of Minnesota Bound, is a product of nature and nurture.

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The Value of Restoration: A TWA Topic

Linda Campbell and husband David Mahn headed west, searching for a ranch they could manage for quail, which meant buying in either South Texas or West Texas. They had a budget, a wish list—and a vision.

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Dan Allen Hughes Jr.: Interview with One of Texas’ Biggest Landowners

Although the Hughes family has amassed one of the largest inventories of private land in Texas, Dan Allen Hughes Jr. sees immense value in public land.

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David Faust: Constructing a Ranch Real Estate Career

David Faust constructed a ranch real estate career. “Most of my family were in construction-related businesses, so that was my background.”

Borker Spotlight: Ken Hoerster of Texas Ranches for Sale

Broker Spotlight: Ken Hoerster—Destined For Ranch Real Estate

Ken Hoerster, founder of Texas Ranches for Sale in Boerne, was destined to be a ranch real estate broker. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,” Hoerster said. “I have the privilege of helping people make some of the biggest investments of their lives… investments that can change people’s lives for the better.”

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Milton Greeson: A Legacy of Change

Although rich legacies shape his life, Milton Greeson Jr. is not hidebound by tradition.

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Diversification Is Key in the Land Business

Diversity is a watchword for the ranching industry in the 21st century. Diverse populations of plants and animals signal ecologically healthy rangelands. Diverse, profitable enterprises signal an economically healthy operation.

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Where the Wild Goose Goes: Wildgoose Manufacturing

Ron and Susi Bell, founders of Wildgoose Manufacturing in Ingram, Texas, love outdoor experiences and outdoor people. Here's the Wildgoose story.

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Mike Swan: The Values of the Land

When Mike Swan’s father, George, taught him the values of responsibility, hard work and protecting the family name as they worked side-by-side on the family’s commercial cow-calf ranch in Montana’s Ruby Valley, it wasn’t in anticipation of a phone call from the actress Jane Fonda.

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Stewarding a Shared Vision: Burgher-Ray Ranch Sales Group

Written By Lorie Woodward Cantu Despite a 30-year age difference, David Burgher and Harlan Ray, principals in the Dallas-based Burgher-Ray ...

L.A.N.D.S.: A Natural Resource for Education

Nature is complex. Educating our children about land stewardship shouldn't be, and that is where L.A.N.D.S comes into the schools and out into the field.

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ASFMRA Member Profile: Eddie Davis of Brown Land and Farm Management, LLC

By the time Eddie Davis was 26 years old, he was farm manager of the Louisiana Delta Plantation, a 34,000-acre diversified farming operation near Jonesville, Louisiana in Catahoula Parish.

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Broker Spotlight: Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson, owner of Bill Johnson and Associates Real Estate Co. in Bellville, became a real estate broker because of baseball and bird dogs.