Agricultural & Surface Leasing

JMB’s Agriculture and Surface Leasing Business Unit has a long, prestigious history of excellence in sugar cane production. It all started in 1837 when Eugene Burguières, father of Jules Martial 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 thanks to Jules M. Burguières. The production of sugar and the viability of the market for sugar production in the US has and always will be of primary interest to the company.



With the acquisition of property over time, JMB’s Agriculture and Surface Leasing Business Unit actively markets and maintains leases on our acreage in Louisiana and Texas. Currently the company has 23,167  acres of land in Louisiana. 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 for development. Currently our lands are used for hunting and the collection and transportation of various sources of energy. In 2005 the company purchased 33,657 acres of land in west Texas. Currently we maintain cattle operations and maintain leases for a variety of industries. See our surface lease interactive map for more details.


Building Value In Land

The J.M. Burguières Co., Limited was founded in 1877 from three plantations and has prospered through the years as a land acquisition and holding company with property interests in south Louisiana, south Florida and west Texas. The company is the largest single family-owned land holding company currently in operation in Louisiana.

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  • 140 Years of Family Business
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    140 Years of Family Business
  • 125+ Family Shareholders
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    125+ Family Shareholders
  • Operations in 3 States
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    Operations in 3 States
  • 333,000 + Acres
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    333,000 + Acres
  • Sugar, Salt, Oil, Gas, Cattle, Water, Conservation
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    Sugar, Salt, Oil, Gas, Cattle, Water, Conservation
  • Offices in Franklin and Lafayette, Louisiana
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    Offices in Franklin and Lafayette, Louisiana