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“Land is the Riskiest Form of Speculative Real Estate”

Every once is a while, someone gets it so wrong that they end up being right. This quote by Paul Puryear, a housing analyst at Raymond James & Associates, ran in today’s Wall Street Journal. It’s about CALPers and its tanking

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Pacific

Max Baucus Out to Ax Timber Tax

Timber sales are typically taxed at the standard 15 percent capital gain rate. Yet timber companies typically pay the standard 35 percent corporate tax rate. This quirk in the tax law has led many timber companies including Plum Creek and Potlatch to restructure as

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

Yellowstone Halts Bison Slaughter

The number of bison in Yellowstone dropped by a staggering amount this winter. According to this CNN report, the population fell from more than 4,700 to just 2,300 since November. What’s causing the decline? Read inside for more.

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Posted in Feature, West

Park City Tops Hot Markets Out West

Open range, snow capped peaks, and beautiful views embody what many seek when searching for their first piece of property. One need look no further than the scenic American West when searching for this ideal piece of land. The Rocky Mountain area

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Posted in Golf, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

Corn Profits Sky High

Corn revenues could easily surpass $40 billion in the United States this year as farmers rush to take advantage of rising interest in ethanol,  according to a recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Posted in Agriculture, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, South, Southwest, West

Rising Land Values in Illinois

Farmland values in Illinois increased by nearly 6 percent during the first half of this year with investors, both local and national, bidding up the rural properties, particularly in the “collar counties” around Chicago. Rather than focus on short-term problems in

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Posted in Midwest, Regional News

Idaho Considers Landowner Tax Credits

Farmers, ranchers, conservationists and lawmakers are working together to bring about a conservation tax credit program in Idaho for 2008.

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Posted in Regional News, West

The Clean Energy Scam

Amazing new diets, intriguing self-help books, a daily dose of St. John’s Wort – we are a country obsessed with quick fixes. Now, as Time points out in this cover story titled The Clean Energy Myth, we can add ethanol

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Midwest, News Desk

Nolan Ryan: The Land Report Interview

Cheap and close. Those are the two criteria you use when you’re looking to buy land and you make only $7,000 a year. At least those were the two Nolan Ryan used back in the 1960s when he began buying

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Southwest, Topics, Video

For Sale: Boot Jack Ranch

The most mystifying aspect to the $88 million Boot Jack Ranch, which is currently listed with a Sotheby’s affiliate in Telluride, is that it’s owned by a Silicon Valley commercial real estate developer. This property is a textbook example of

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, West
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