Lay of the Land April 4th, 2014 Florida Conference

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Establishes Climate Hubs

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established seven regional hubs to address increasing risks from fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts. Their purpose will be to translate reams of science and research into information that ranchers, forest landowners,

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Field Reporters, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

FY2013 A Disaster for Corn

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Futures for corn, the most valuable U.S. crop sold on the Chicago Board of Trade, slumped 40 percent last year. It was the steepest price tumble since the 1960s. “We’re looking at an era of about three, four, five years

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Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Field Reporters, Great Plains, Midwest

Renewable Debacle

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1.2 million acres of grassland have been plowed under, one of the many unwelcome byproducts of the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard. Green energy. It sounds so environmentally friendly, so ecosensitive, so … green. What’s not to like about a fuel

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Posted in Corinne Garcia, Feature, Federal Policy, Midwest

2013 Land Report 100: No. 70-79

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No. 73 David Murdock 149,702 acres This 90-year-old shows no signs of slowing down. According to The New York Times, Murdock plans to live to 125 “ … and sees no reason he can’t, provided that he continues eating the

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Colorado, Equestrian, Feature, Field Reporters, Great Plains, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Midwest, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pacific, South, Southwest, Texas, Timber, West

Farmland Values Feel the Heat in the Midwest

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Several surprising storylines emerge from the Seventh Federal Reserve District, home of bumper crops and bellwether land values. – The Editors NATIONAL – TREND In addition to a downturn in corn and soybean prices — corn fell 12 percent and

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Posted in Feature, Field Reporters, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Midwest, Wisconsin

Farmland Values Plateau in the 4th Quarter

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The most recent quarterly farmland survey released by the Chicago Fed shows the steady rise in farmland values may be about to level off. Prices have been steadily rising, buoyed by increased investor interest as economic distress eased. The latest

Posted in Farming, Feature, Field Reporters, Great Lakes, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Midwest, Wisconsin

2012 Land Report Best Brokerages: Mossy Oak Properties Land Sales and Services

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Mossy Oak Properties Land Sales and Services www.landforsaleohio.com (614) 829-7070 2012 Sales: < $50 Million Who: Emphasis on rural holdings, especially recreational properties, timberland, and farmland, as well as properties marketed and sold primarily for their mineral rights. Headquarters are

Posted in Feature, Field Reporters, Midwest, Ohio, Recreation, Timber

2012 Land Report Best Brokerages: Farmers National Company

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Farmers National Company www.farmersnational.com (800) 346-2650 2012 Sales: > $1 Billion Who: FNC is not a franchiser and prides itself on being a full-service company for landowners. Its brokerage includes private treaty and auction services, management services for land, oil

Posted in Feature, Field Reporters, Great Plains, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

Farmland Values Spike in Midwest and Mid-South

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Second-quarter numbers trend higher in the Eighth Federal Reserve District, which includes all of Arkansas and portions of Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. – The Editors Using responses from 48 agricultural banks, the St. Louis Fed presented its

Posted in Agriculture, Arkansas, Cattle, Feature, Field Reporters, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Midwest, Mississippi, Missouri, South, Tennessee

Bumper Corn Crop and Worsening Prices May Come Soon

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Expectations that U.S. farmers will harvest a record corn crop this year have many investors wagering that corn futures will continue to fall. Corn prices had already tumbled 37 percent by the end of September, making the grain one of

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Field Reporters, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

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