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Ranching's new look

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:30 PM ET
By Debbie Slobe — Playa Lakes Joint Venture | Birdscapes

Ranger Creek Ranch in Knox, Baylor, and Archer Counties, Texas, is thriving thanks to the owners' decision to improve their land's habitats and diversify their ranching and farming business. "Diversification is key to surviving in agriculture today," said Ranell Walker, one of the owners of the 53,000-acre, family-run ranch.

According to Ranell, declining agricultural commodity prices have forced ranchers to identify other values their land has to offer. The Walkers didn't have to look ...

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