Jerry and his wife Renae, along with their family, operate Black Leg Ranch, McKenzie, North Dakota. The ranch was homesteaded in 1882 by Jerry’s Great Grandfather in what was then Dakota Territory.
They use Holistic Management to operate their ranch regenerating the natural resources and allowing wildlife to flourish. They have made huge strides in improving the soil health of native rangeland and cropland while improving the bottom line and quality of life for the next generation to become involved in the ranch.
Jerry and his family operate a cow calf and buffalo operation offering grass finished beef and bison products that are Audubon certified bird friendly. They also operate Rolling Plains Adventure, a full-service hunting/outfitting business on the ranch, Black leg Events, an Agri-tourism business, and Black Leg Brewery. These ventures have allowed them to spread a positive message about agriculture to thousands of consumers, including people from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries.
Jerry is past chairman of the N.D. Grazing Lands Coalition and a mentor and Governor appointed to the N.D. Natural Resources Trust board. He is a board member of Partnerscapes and an advisory board member of The Nature Conservancy. Jerry is past chairman of the N.D. Ag Coalition, The N.D. Beef Commission, N.D. State Board of Ag Research and Education, and Rural Leadership N.D. He has also been a 4-H leader for over 4 decades.
Black Leg Ranch is honored to have won the Burleigh County Soil health award, the National Environmental Stewardship Award, the inaugural N.D. Leopold Award, and was inducted into the N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame. Jerry was awarded the NDSU Harvest Bowl Agri-Business award and was inducted into the N.D. Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2023.