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Roughly 200 people attended a tour of Black Leg Ranch near Menoken, N.D., that featured conservationist Allan Savory on July 19, 2017. The tour included a look at one of the ranch's pastures. (Jenny Schlecht/Agweek)

Black Leg Ranch tour set Sept. 13

MCKENZIE, N.D. — Visitors can tour North Dakota's award-winning Black Leg Ranch on Sept. 13.

The 17,000-acre McKenzie ranch and farm, owned and managed by Jerry and Renae Doan, received the 2016 North Dakota Leopold Award. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation.

The tour — from 1 to 5:30 p.m. — will cover these topics:

• Planned rotational grazing to regenerate native rangelands.

• Using cover crops to build soil health, cut winter feed costs and propagate wildlife.

• Bringing the next generation into the operation.

• Strategies to work with nature and improve the bottom line.

Supper follows the tour. Thought the tour is free; a $20 donation to cover meal cost would be appreciated.

Register for the tour before Sept. 8 at the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition.web site,

Tour details, including directions to the ranch, which is east of Bismarck, are available here:


For more information on the tour, contact Josh Dukart at 701-870-1184 or email at

The Doan family, which has expanded into agritourism, was featured in a 2014 Agweek cover article: