Adena Springs Ranch
Adena Springs Ranch is a 30,000 acre cattle ranch in Florida's Marion County and Adena Ranches is a related cattle ranch property in Levy County. Both are owned by Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach.
Adena Springs Ranch is located near Gainesville. The first 24,000 acres cost $62 million with another $18 million in expenditures expected. The ranch is expected to produce all-natural, hormone-free, grass-fed beef cattle on the once wooded property, in part to supply a planned chain of restaurants. Stronach has indicated that 40 percent of the land would remain wooded for commercial timber. A $30 million, 61,000-square-foot abattoir is also part of the plan as well as a biomass energy plant to power it. Concerns have been raised over water usage plans and how springs (including the artesian Silver Springs of Silver Springs, Florida) will be affected. Flow from Silver Springs has already dropped by 50% in the past few years due to an ongoing drought. Stronach has filed for a permit to pump more than 13 million gallons of water from the Floridan aquifer daily from the St. Johns River Water Management District. This is more than the city of Ocala uses for its 150,000 people.
Stronach is also developing an upscale golf course community (Ocala Meadows Farms) at U.S. 441 and State Road 326. The $60 million development is the most recent venture for the founder Magna International and former owner thoroughbred horse racing tracks in Florida, Maryland and California.
Stronach has donated money to the area's Fort McCoy School and $1.5 million to establish the Frank Stronach Plant Science Center at the University of Florida. The facility includes a 5,380-square-foot multipurpose building and an adjoining 7,000-square-foot open pavilion at the university’s research farm in Citra, Florida.
- Brett Wessler Canadian billionaire building cattle ranch in Florida August 8, 2011 The Ocala Star-Banner
- Bill Thompson Billionaire to put cattle ranch on property August 6, 2011 Ocala.com
- Nathan Crabbe [Water-issue protesters greet UF's Stronach center dedication] May 15, 2012 The Gainesville Sun
- Nathan Crabbe  May 15, 2012 Gainesville Sun
- Joe Callahan Billionaire makes big donation to Fort McCoy School September 28, 2011 Ocala.com