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Frank N. Morgan, Owner of Q7 Ranch, Passed Away Unexpectedly

30 January 2012

US - Quarter Circle Seven Ranch or "The Q7" is an Illinois family owned and operated, all natural, grass-fed beef cattle ranch based in Marengo, Illinois. Blessed with an abundance of natural vegetation and water, the ranches provide over 1000 acres of native grass pastures in northern Illinois.

The natural animal husbandry and pasture management practices of the ranch meet the all-natural/grass-fed requirements of clients of the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as having an online store.

Frank Morgan was born and raised in California cattle country. From the beginning in the tiny community of Macdoel, California in far northern Siskiyou County and in Marengo, Illinois, horses and cattle had always been a part of his life. He opted for commercial beef production as his FFA (Future Farmers of America) enterprise buying breeding stock and leasing his first pasture at age 17.

His love of the outdoor environment and cattle ranching led him to attend college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California in Agriculture Business Management and Animal Husbandry.

It was a discovered fascination with farm product prices and their changes that led Frank to accept a position with the Continental Grain Company futures brokerage subsidiary in 1974. His sales management and trading career included postings in Denver, Tulsa, Chicago and New York.

For part of that time he owned a half interest in a cow/calf operation in Morgan, Texas where he would fly in on weekends and "do whatever the foreman told me to do, some cowboying, some real work". From 1999 through 2005 as a managing director with HSBC Securities he was a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange while he and wife Fran operated the Q7 Ranch.

Mr. Morgan felt that grass fed beef was better for one’s health, better for the cattle and better for the environment.

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