An entrepreneur at heart, Rodney Strange pursued his passion for agriculture with the purchase of a pecan orchard consisting of 120 pecan trees in 1996. With an eye on profitability and business success, Strange began the study of Dendrology, specifically pecan tree management. As his orchard reached peak production age, he then turned to marketing his pecan crop online, shipping Southern Star Pecans worldwide. As the demand exceeded his supply, Strange began purchasing pecans throughout western Texas to meet his customers' demands. With the onset of a devastating three years drought resulting in major setback in his orchard, Rodney Strange made a difficult decision to put his farming interests on a back burner.
In 2004, at the peak of the influx of the South African Boer Goat into the United States, Rodney Strange purchased a thriving herd of registered Boer goats, producing high quality breeding stock. Southern Star Boer Goats became known throughout Texas and the southwest, drawing potential buyers from significant distances. The popularity of the Boer goat proved to be short lived and Strange regretfully retired his herd, turning to other interests.