Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr., sole owner and operator of Golden Ranch Farms has kept his mission for the farm alive and well since the day he took ownership.
Arlen Benny Cenac Jr.is a Houma, Louisiana-based entrepreneur with a global reach, an avid philanthropist to the gulf coast region and strong supporter of coastal wetland restoration. Benny Cenac is a third-generation owner of Cenac Towing Company, originally founded in 1927 by his grandfather, Jock Cenac, and now doing business as Cenac Marine Services.
Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. has remained focused on the continued preservation, conservation and sustainability that has been a part of the ranch for hundreds of years. As an avid philanthropist to the gulf coast region and strong supporter of coastal wetland restoration, taking care of this land is second nature to him.
As a dedicated leader in his community, Benny Cenac Jr. has served on several boards and committees, including Nicholls State University College of Business Advisory Board, Nicholls State University Foundation and Restore or Retreat. Benny Cenac is also a member of American Waterways Operators, South Central Industrial Association, Bayou Community Foundation and Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. is also a devoted philanthropist, donating both his time and money to dozens of regional, national and international causes. He is most fond of his involvement with the Terrebonne Association for Retarded Citizens, Houma-Terrebonne NAACP, O.N.E./C.H.A.N.G.E., American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr. continues to invest large capital sums to keep the land of Golden Ranch Farms pristine and self-sustainable.
Golden Ranch Farms is the largest privately-owned refuge in the state of Louisiana. For nearly 200 years, after being purchased from the Hwacha and Chaoucha Indians in 1744, the ranch has served a critical role in the local community, including the production of sugar cane that began on the property in 1883 and still continues today. The sugar cane is then shipped to a local factory for processing in an effort to help cultivate a strong local economy, upholding Benny Cenac’s commitment to his community first.
After leasing the property in 1984, Benny Cenac wanted to preserve the culture of the land while also providing refuge to the diverse array of animals that flock through Louisiana during the springtime. From then, Benny Cenac has focused on preserving the farm and plantation’s rich history, continuing to protect the 52,000 acres of freshwater marsh, sugar cane fields, a variety of species of trees, and a wide selection of thriving wildlife.
In regard to wildlife conservation, Arlen Benny Cenac Jr. has extended his conservation efforts under his ownership to include blackbuck antelope, oryx, Père David’s deer, axis, elk, and sika who all call the land home. The deer find peace on the Golden Ranch property, located in between New Orleans and Houma, and nestled on the Golden Ranch Plantation. Since 2014, as the deer begin to birth their fawns, it signals the start of round-the-clock care for these fragile animals. Benny Cenac ensures that a team is ready at all times to tend to the intensive care of these animals. Each doe on the property will give birth to between one and two fawns from May to July, translating into hundreds of bottle-feeding sessions for the newborns.
In addition to deer, the ranch is also home to one of the largest alligator farms in the country, and one of the only captive breeding operations used to sustain and preserve a healthy balance of alligators. While alligators continue to thrive in numbers along the Louisiana marshes and Florida wetlands, Benny Cenac Jr. believes that protecting these animals before they are endangered serves a vital role in ensuring future generations are able to enjoy these species for centuries to come. This includes an alligator breeding program where eggs are collected and incubated until they hatch, with many being released back into the wild to maintain a healthy and diverse population.
Over the years, Benny Cenac has, and continues to, invest large capital sums to keep the land pristine and self-sustainable. He looks forward to seeing the future of Golden Ranch Farms as it continues to thrive and flourish under his ownership.
Over the years, Mr. Cenac has, and continues to, invest large capital sums to keep the land pristine and self-sustainable. He looks forward to seeing the future of Golden Ranch Farms as it continues to thrive and flourish under his ownership.
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