Beel Ranch, Nebraska
Farmers Behind Your Food: Beel Ranch, Nebraska
For 75 years, the nearly 22,000-acre Beel Ranch near Johnstown, Neb., has been in the family, and today brothers Frank, Henry and Adam, along with their wives, own and manage the cattle operation.
Their father and grandfather taught them the importance of treating the land with care. Ranch records indicate that in 1945, their grandfather entered into the first of many conservation plans for the ranch, a soil and water plan providing for rotational grazing, weed mowing, seeding of wheat and careful well placement. Their continuing improvements allowed them to utilize the land efficiently and to expand habitats for upland bird species, raptors and large game.
After nearly eight decades of operation, conservation and range management continue to play a crucial role in running the ranch, and family members continue to teach their children the importance of maintaining and caring for the natural environment.
The Beel Family was recognized by the Sand County Foundation as the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award winners in Nebraska.
**This story was originally published by the Sand County Foundation.