FCG is focused on the conservation of Florida’s ranchlands. We advocate, educate and act as a resource on conservation programs. We are landowner-led and are advised by conservation and science experts to support sound science-based land protection. We work with state and federal legislators, agencies and the general public to demonstrate the importance of ranchland conservation to our water and wildlife. We believe the protection of Florida’s ranchlands is critical to the future of Florida.
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There’s no illustrious history about Strickland Ranch, nor huge financial gains; what there is a love for the woods, cattle and Florida. The first Stricklands came to Florida around 1845; they settled first in Levy County and later in Marion County in the town of Romeo. Henry Clay Strickland had many children; one of his son’s, Andrew Jackson Strickland, was Jim’s grandfather. Andrew married Fleta Cannon and they settled in Red Level (just west of Dunnellon) and raised nine children. Andrew Jackson was killed breaking a horse when Jim’s father, Hiram Lloyd Strickland, was 13 years old. Hiram grew up in open range cattle and hog days and worked cattle for others — along with the ones they had in the woods between Crystal River and Gulf hammock.
It was during this time that Hiram established Strickland Ranch. Like so many young men Hiram joined World War II before he was of legal age; he came home after the war and pursued the cattle business and also started Strickland Brothers Sausage Company. He attended University of Florida, earned an insurance license, and became a fireman while still doing what he loved — being in the woods with cattle. During a trip peddling sausage he met Eleanor McDonald; they eloped, had two children and settled in Manatee County. He bought thousands of the small cracker cattle from his stomping grounds in North Florida and brought them south to leased land across three counties while also working as a fireman. He later ran for Manatee County Property Appraiser was elected and stayed in that position till his untimely death in 1973. Jim took over running the cattle on leased land at age 17.
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