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Record Harvests Gird Land Values in the Corn Belt

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As demand tanked, corn and soybean yields surged in 2013. The result, according to the Chicago Fed, was the second smallest gain in farmland values over the last decade. – The Editors NATIONAL – TREND In 2013, King Corn stumbled.

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Field Reporters, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, Ohio

2013 Land Report 100: Broadbent Family

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No. 56 Broadbent Family 170,000 acres The Broadbents found success in raising sheep — Rambouillet, in particular — and over the years have added cattle and horses to their ranches in California, Utah, and Wyoming. Today the family’s operations have

Posted in California, Cattle, Energy, Equestrian, Feature, Field Reporters, Hunting, Pacific, Timber, Utah, West, Wyoming

The Land Report 2013 Timberland Deal of the Year: MeadWestvaco Southern Timberlands

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In December, Plum Creek Timber (PCL) cemented its position as one of the nation’s largest private landowners when the timber REIT paid more than $1 billion for a slew of assets from packaging giant MeadWestvaco (MWV), including 501,000 acres of

Posted in Alabama, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Field Reporters, Georgia, South, South Carolina, Timber, Virginia, West Virginia

The Land Report Top Ten: Spring 2014

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Immensely valuable coastal properties sweep gold, silver, and bronze! – The Editors 1. NEW! Copper Beech Farm (Connecticut): $130 million A relic of Old Greenwich, this 50-acre estate (pictured above) is the last of its kind and includes two islands

Posted in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Feature, Field Reporters, Florida, Massachusetts, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, Texas, West, Wyoming

Legal Headwinds Plague Cape Wind

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The oft-delayed Nantucket Sound wind farm faces more hurdles. A District Court in Boston has ruled that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service need to revisit Cape Wind’s impact on migrating birds and endangered

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Posted in Energy, Feature, Field Reporters, Massachusetts, Northeast

2013 Land Report 100: East Wildlife Foundation

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No. 44 East Wildlife Foundation 215,000 acres Robert East was a great-grandson of Captain Richard King, founder of Texas’s King Ranch (see No. 7 King Ranch Heirs). East funded the nonprofit East Wildlife Foundation to enhance compatibility between livestock and

Posted in Cattle, Feature, Field Reporters, Southwest, Texas

USDA’s Agriculture Census Shows Big Bump In Farming Revenues

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Final results from the federal government’s 2012 Census of Agriculture are still being tallied, but preliminary numbers show a vital and growing farm economy. Some of the more notable preliminary findings include a 33 percent increase in the value of

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Field Reporters, Regional News, States

The Donation of Virginia’s Natural Bridge Named The Land Report’s 2013 Deal of the Year

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The Donation of One of the Seven Wonders of the New World Takes Top Honors as The Land Report 2013 Deal of the Year. In 1774, two years before he penned the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson purchased Virginia’s Natural

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Henry Chappell, South, Virginia

The Land Report Spring 2014

The Land Report Spring 2014

2013 was a year of superlatives: billion-dollar acquisitions, record-setting prices, and landmark sales. And behind the best of these deals one finds the stories of passionate landowners, men and women and families who went to extraordinary lengths to assemble, to

Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Back Issues, Cattle, Conservation, Dogs, Farming, Great Plains, Hunting, Public Land, Recreation, South, Timber, West

Land Report 100er: Stefan Soloviev

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This New York City-based entrepreneur first developed an interest in agriculture through commodity trading of grains. “That’s how I got away from sitting at a desk to being out in the West,” he says. With landholdings currently totaling 141,700 acres,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Energy, Feature, Great Plains, Kansas, Nancy Myers, New Mexico, Southwest, Texas, West

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