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Ree Drummond

Pawhuska, OK

Drummond Land and Cattle

Products Raised or Grown: Cow/calf and yearling operation and government horse contracts

In Business Since: 1987

Farm Credit Partner: Oklahoma AgCredit

Working with Farm Credit Since: 2001

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At a time when an increasing number of agricultural producers are pursuing off-farm employment to supplement their income, one Oklahoma ranch wife has found a creative path to a new career. Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, started life in the big city but now lives on a cattle ranch with her husband and four children, having traded her high heels for work boots without regret.

“Unexpectedly, during a brief stay in my hometown, I met and fell in love with a rugged cowboy,” she says. “Now I live in the middle of nowhere on a working cattle ranch. My days are spent wrangling children, chipping dried manure from boots, washing jeans and making gravy. And I love it.”

These typical ranch tasks only scratch the surface of Ree’s activities. She brings her wry humor to a daily blog she writes about her ongoing transition to country wife, her family and her dog. Her blog gets 20 million monthly page views and was named Weblog of the Year at the 2011, 2010 and 2009 Bloggie Awards. She is also a skilled photographer, sharing many of her photos and offering advice to other photographers on her website, www.ThePioneerWoman.com.

Ree’s first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, was released in 2009 and became a #1 NYT Bestseller. Her memoir, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, and an illustrated children’s book, Charlie the Ranch Dog, followed. A second cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier, was released in 2012. Expanding beyond print and online publishing, Ree has become a national television personality, hosting her own Food Network program, The Pioneer Woman. The second season of the program began airing in 2012. Ree has also been a guest on numerous network programs, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, and The View. Adding to her already loaded schedule, Ree also homeschools her children and hosts a section of her website where other homeschoolers can find resources and share ideas and stories.

“Ree is a remarkable woman, who has fully embraced ranch life and found a way to create a robust career that shares this valuable aspect of agriculture that many people in America wouldn’t normally get to see,” says Butch McComas, President and CEO of Chisholm Trail Farm Credit. “And keep in mind that she’s doing all this while helping her husband run a successful cattle ranch!”

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