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Wildfire Torch Record Acreage in 2015

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that wildfires burned a record 10,125,149 acres across the United States last year. The 2015 total eclipsed the previous record, which was set in 2006. Of last year’s blazes, more than 50 exceeded 50,000 acres,

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Agriculture Sector Endures Second Straight Annual Decline

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The Department of Agriculture is projecting that 2015 will mark another down year for American farmers and ranchers with agricultural sector production projected to fall 9.2 percent to $427 billion. Contributing factors include increased global competition and a slowdown in

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2014 Land Report Best Brokerage: Whitetail Properties Real Estate

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Whitetail Properties Real Estate www.whitetailproperties.com (217) 285-9000 2014 Sales: $250 – $500 Million Who: Experts in farms, ranches, and hunting properties. Wow: Finished 2014 nearly 30 percent up year-over-year. Insight: “We had our best year in sales,” says COO Paul

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Mixed Messages on Midwestern Land Values in New Federal Reserve Report

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Farmland values remained stagnant in the third quarter with slight variations among the states served by the Chicago Federal Reserve District. Illinois and Iowa saw a small dip in the value of farmland, while Indiana held steady; Michigan and Wisconsin,

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Midwest, News Desk, Wisconsin

Land Report’s 2015 Gear of the Year

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The Magazine of the American Landowner set out to make life on your land more enjoyable, more productive, and more convenient. Here’s what we came up with. Produced by Daniel Reed Photography by Gustav Schmiege III HUNTER ORIGINAL TALL RAIN

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2014 Land Report Best Brokerage: Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland

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Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland www.mopheartland.com (816) 224-6868 2014 Sales: $50 – $100 Million Who: Land brokers with expertise in Illinois and Indiana’s rural, farm, and recreational properties. Wow: Strong referral network of loyal clients; a single sale resulted

Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Cattle, Developers, Farming, Feature, Hunting, Illinois, Indiana, Midwest, Recreation, Residential Property, Timber

Land Values in Corn Belt Shed Three Percent

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Stalling commodity prices take their toll with corn off 21 percent and soybeans down 33 percent from 2014 highs. —The Editors MIDWEST – FOCUS The following conclusions are based on survey responses of 221 agricultural bankers in the Seventh District.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Incentivizes Ranchers, Farmers, and Timber Owners

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In an effort to bolster declining honey bee populations nationwide, the USDA has set aside $4 million for a public-private conservation strategy. In the warm-weather months, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin welcome some 70 percent of

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Land’s Best Friend: Time to Up the Ante

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Take your puppy to the next level with these simple steps. — Henry Chappell If you have followed my advice on starting your puppy off by working on the basics, your pup sits on command and stays for half a

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U.S. Interior, Justice Departments to Settle with Tribes

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The United States Department of the Interior along with the Department of Justice have agreed to a proposed $940 million settlement to resolve a quarter-century-old legal dispute with Native American tribes. At issue: costs for programs the federal government mandated

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