JMB’s Agriculture and Surface Leasing Business Unit has a long, prestigious history of excellence in sugar cane production. In 1837, Eugene Burguières made his first agriculture land purchase in Terrebonne Parish. By 1901, JMB had grown into one of the largest sugar producers in the south. The production of sugar and the viability of the market for sugar production in the U.S. are and always will be of primary interest to the company.
Through the acquisition of property over time, JMB’s Agriculture and Surface Leasing Business Unit actively markets and maintains leases on acreage in Louisiana and Texas. JMB has significant holdings along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in south Louisiana with highway and rail access which provides opportunity for the development for a wide variety of commercial and recreational interests. Currently, JMB lands are used for hunting and the collection and transportation of various sources of energy. In 2005, JMB moved into Texas with the purchase of over 33,000 acres of land in west Texas where JMB maintains cattle operations and leases for a variety of industries. See our surface lease interactive map for more details.
JMB Companies owns agricultural land in St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Richland Parishes in Louisiana. A significant portion of this land is used for growing sugar cane. Cotton, corn, and soybeans are also grown on our land in Richland Parish.
We have been continuously involved in the sugar business since JMB was founded in 1877. JMB is an active member of the American Sugar Cane League and other organizations which promote and advocate for the Louisiana and U.S. sugar industry.
JMB owns 33,657 acres in Brewster and Pecos Counties in west Texas. This area is a high desert between the Glass and Davis Mountain Ranges. We manage our own cattle herds on our ranches which has the added benefit of keeping our fences, water systems, and ranch houses in good condition.
JMB actively markets and maintains leases on our acreage in Louisiana and Texas for a variety of business and recreational purposes. Since we have significant holdings along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in south Louisiana with highway and rail access, our lands are used for industrial, oil and gas, and seafood operations. Our wetlands in south Louisiana are used for trapping alligators, collecting alligator eggs, deer hunting, and duck hunting. Mule deer, quail, elk, and aoudad are prolific and are hunted on our Texas ranches.