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Oktoberfest in Texas

September 22, 2018 –  As October approaches, our thoughts naturally drift off to fall colors, pumpkins on the porch, spicy apple-cinnamon smells… but we can’t forget one of the best autumn celebrations- Oktoberfest. Fortunately, we at JOHNSON LAND & HOME are close enough to experience it nearby in Muenster, Texas! On October 6th and 7th, you can go enjoy all this small town has to offer, including traditional delicacies and games. One game played is the Bavarian contest known as Masskrugstemmen, where players test their endurance by holding out a five pound, beer-filled stein, for as long as they can without spilling. There are also several different races, food vendors and great polkas going on throughout the weekend.  Check out all the details about this historical event in Muenster here.

It’s A Drag

September 4, 2018 –  Are you clearing land or working on a lake project? President/CEO of JOHNSON LAND & HOME Brad Johnson explains one of his favorite methods of readying a property for such an endeavor.  “After the heavy equipment pulls out, one of the most effective and economical ways to smooth ground quickly is with a drag. A basic drag is a frugal alternative to a multifaceted flexible drag with detachable components, and can be as simple as a surplus chunk of I-beam, pipe, railroad tie or timber lying around the ranch. Widths can vary from eight feet to sixteen feet, depending on your tractor’s horsepower. On our ranches, providing that the conditions aren’t too wet or rough, we will even break out the ranch pickup to pull the drag. Whatever drag you choose, it needs to be virtually indestructible. The drag needs to be heavy enough that when you pull, it smooths the ground instead of just riding over the top of it.”

“We also find dragging our grazing pastures, as well as our hay fields in the early spring and periodically throughout the year, can serve to spread manure, loosen the soil, and stimulate growth. Always remember too, one great by-product of spending up-close time on the land is a better awareness of your soil, fencing, livestock and wildlife, and their health.”

Dove Season is Here!

August 28, 2018 –  One of the best times of year is almost upon us! On September 1st, dove season opens for the northern zone of Texas, and statewide for both Colorado and New Mexico. As with all hunting, make sure you check all regulations and legal requirements before embarking on your quest. Bag limits, protected species of dove, and a small game license should also be on your list to look over. It wouldn’t hurt to have a few good dove recipes ready and waiting on your kitchen counter too. Check out these links for hunting tips and some state regulations. Happy Hunting!

It’s the busy season!

August 10, 2018 –  It’s a busy time here for Johnson Land & Home. Construction is underway on one of our newest listings, Crooked Oak Ranch. Located in Montague County, Texas, this property is getting a facelift! The improvements include: adding three lakes, removing brush, and installing all brand new fencing, helping to make this undeveloped 54 acres the perfect blank canvas to construct your dream home in the country. Oats were sown last fall, adding to the productivity of this diverse property. We are so excited for this listing and can’t wait for the finished product. Stay tuned!

Saharan Dust in Texas?

July 26, 2018 –  If you live in North Texas, you are probably noticing the poor air quality. The dust from the Sahara desert has made yet another journey across the Atlantic Ocean and will continue to stick around for a while longer this summer. The good news is that the dust cloud is thought to help prevent the formation of hurricanes. However, with the extreme heat and heavier allergen levels in the air, it might be best to find a nice cool place to wait out the rest of the summer. JOHNSON LAND & HOME is here to help you find that “Home Away From Home”, just give us a call. Click here for the full article on the Saharan dust from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

New Mexico Fishing Excels

July 13, 2018 –  If you are looking for a great fishing destination this summer, try New Mexico. According to a recent press release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the fishing should be excellent this year. Certain lakes are being stocked more frequently, due to national forest closures. The fish that were set to stock the closed forest areas are now being sent to the San Juan River and Eagle Nest Lake, to name a few. Go to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website to see a list of the locations that are being stocked weekly, and be sure to grab a fishing license on your way out the door. For the full article, click here.

Wishing You A Happy Fourth of July

June 28, 2018 –  Where are you heading for the Fourth of July? We at Johnson Land and Home are looking forward to the Star Spangled Spectacular in Saint Jo, Texas. This small town celebrates Independence Day right, from a 5K in the morning to fireworks in the evening, with many great activities throughout the day. For a full schedule of the day, check out the Saint Jo Chamber of Commerce. We hope to see you there, and God Bless America!

NM STATE GAME AND FISH TO APPOINT NEW DIRECTOR

June 28, 2018 –  On July 24, the New Mexico State Game and Fish Commission will make their final decision to choose their new director. Five candidates have been named after the initial application process which began April 1st and closed June 1st. All applicants are amply qualified and will be interviewed in Albuquerque at the end of June. Click here for the full press release from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

AGRICULTURAL RELIEF PROGRAMS IN PLACE ACROSS MOUNTAIN STATES

June 21, 2018 –  With the current drought conditions and no significant moisture in sight, this summer is looking to be somewhat troubling for the farmer and rancher. In addition to the already dry conditions across Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, they are currently plagued with several wildfires. Pasture to graze is scarce, hay prices continue to rise and the snowpack across the Rocky Mountains is little to none. Fortunately, we are reminded of the numerous agricultural relief programs in place to alleviate some of the distressing effects of these adverse weather conditions. Those with questions about these programs should contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency or Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

 

Brad Johnson appointed to Trump’s 2nd Amendment Coalition

We are pleased to announce that Brad Johnson has been selected as a co-chair for President Elect Donald Trump’s  “Second Amendment Coalition”!

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“I’m honored and humbled to be a small part of a new and profound path for our incoming President and his administration to uphold and protect the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  The right of all American citizens.”  Brad Johnson stated upon accepting the appointment to the coalition.

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CLICK HERE TO SEE ARTICLE ANNOUNCING THE COALITION AND ITS MEMBERS.