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Lone Star State has a robust farming community and rich hunting tradition that attracts many buyers from all over the world. It offers a wide range of ranchproperties, acreage, and lands.

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    As one of the five biggest agricultural producing states in the United States, Texas has vast interests in livestock, including cattle farming and breeding. It hasthe most cows and sheep of any state in the country. It is a top exporter of liveanimals, meats, hides, and skins.

    The state boasts of nearly 200 public hunting lands, including U.S. Forest Service lands, state parks, and wildlife management areas. Many Texas ranch properties are ideal for commercial and/or recreational hunting. Wild game include whitetail deer, elk, dove, hog, quail, and turkey.

    Texas also features 191,000 miles of streams and rivers in addition to lakes and reservoirs teeming with trout, bass, and catfish. Anglers also have access to the Gulf of Mexico coastline for half-day or overnight fishing trips.


    About 86% of all lands in Texas are used for agricultural production while 98.5% of agricultural operations are run by families or private individuals. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Family Land Heritage Program lists more than 4,700 ranches and farms that have been owned and operated by the same families for over 100 years.

    The state is rich in fertile soils, which are considered one of Texas’ most valuable natural resources and are well-suited for growing a variety of crops.

    As a major producer of various feed and vegetable crops, Texas’ farm economy is primarily driven by cotton, which accounts for about a third of cotton production in the nation.

    Besides cotton, farms in Texas also grow hay, grains, corn, wheat, pecans, and Spanish peanuts.

    Buyers will find a wide selection of developed and undeveloped acreage with rolling pastures and wooded areas populated by Pecan trees and Live Oaks as well as access to spring-fed lakes and river frontage.


    The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is the agency tasked with managing over 13 million acres of state-owned lands and mineral rights. These lands include massive properties across West Texas and timberlands and acreage in East Texas.

    The GLO leases lands for purposes of agriculture and commercial development. The agency may sell state-owned land that the Governor deems underutilized. The agency reviews and executes the sale of each property on an individual basis.

    You may purchase state-owned properties via auction, sealed bid sale, or the services of a Texas real estate agent. Direct sales are possible when state-owned property becomes available to the public through the GLO website.

    The internal real estate (RE) portfolio includes commercial property investments and other real estate assets. Marketing methods vary, with brokers listing real estate assets for sale while others are promoted internally by GLO staff.

    At present, there is no set procedure for acquiring properties via the internal RE portfolio. Direct sales are possible through auctions and brokers.

    Find a luxury ranch property in Texas. You can reach me, Matthew W. Franek of Texas Ranch Sales, LLC, here . You can also contact me at 512.709.3424 and MFranek(at)TexasRanchSalesLLC(dotted)com. I help buyers and sellers find true legacy properties where memories are made and family values are preserved.

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