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Lori Brown shows a map outlining the H-4 Ranch’s allotment in the Tonto Basin Ranger District. Below, Julia Randall Elementary School students in Julie Eckhardt’s fourth grade class had all kinds of questions about life on a ranch.

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JRE fourth-graders learn about ranching

Justin Keegan pulled the pile of leather out of the bucket. “I thought it was a saddle!” said the Julia Randall Elementary student of the pair of chaps. Justin is from Julie Eckhardt’s fourth grade classroom. Meanwhile, Margaret Armstrong discovered cats catch gophers and snakes on a ranch. “I learned what cats are for,” she said, “I never knew what they were for.” When rancher Lori Brown hears things like this, she knows her efforts are paying off. Every year she comes to Gila County elementary schools to talk about ranching and the agricultural business.

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