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Washington Governor to Decide Fate of Solar Farm

Jeff and Jackie Brunson have grown alfalfa, Timothy hay, and other crops on their Central Washington farm in Kittitas County. They want to expand their farming operation to include a solar power lease to Seattle-based Tuusso Energy, and Gov. Jay

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Energy, Farming, Feature, Pacific, Washington

D.R. Horton: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 23 D.R. Horton 503,000 acres Donald Horton founded and chairs the country’s largest new home builder, D.R. Horton, which is based in Fort Worth. In his spare time, Horton acquires ranches in the desert Southwest. Most recently, Horton added

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, New Mexico, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas

Neighbors Awarded Millions in Hog Farm Nuisance Case

The Chinese owners of Smithfield Foods are on the hook for $50 million, thanks to a federal court in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ten neighbors filed suit arguing, that the waste treatment methods of the world’s largest pork producer were not

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, North Carolina, South, Water

Westervelt Heirs: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 22 Westervelt Heirs 518,000 acres (up 41,000-acres) Founded in 1884 as Prairie States Paper Company by Herbert Westervelt, the family-owned company is based in Tuscaloosa and currently operates in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Business divisions include

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Posted in Arkansas, Conservation, Feature, Georgia, Hunting, Land Report 100, Mississippi, Recreation, South, South Carolina, Timber

Land Report Library: Marfa

In her new book, Kathleen Shafer probes a Far West Texas phenomenon as improbable as the mysterious Marfa Lights. Text by Kelly McGee | Photography by Gustav Schmiege III Marfa is more than a trendy town. It has morphed from

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Posted in Feature, Gustav Schmiege, Southwest, Texas

Holland Ware: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 21 Holland Ware 534,000 acres (BACK ON LIST) In 2010, the Georgia native confirmed to us that he owned more than 500,000 acres, “from Virginia to Texas.” Two years later, we were informed that Mr. Ware’s landholdings had decreased

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, Northeast, Southwest, Texas, Virginia

Realtors Land Institute Announces APEX Award Winners

Dan and Michael Murphy share honors as APEX 2017 Top National Producer at RLI’s National Land Conference last month in Nashville. On March 13, the Realtors Land Institute (RLI) recognized the best in the land business with the APEX Awards.

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Cattle, Equestrian, Farming, Feature, Hunting, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Tennessee

Stimson Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 20 Stimson Family 552,000 acres (up 52,000 acres) One of the nation’s oldest forest products companies, Stimson Lumber Company pre-dates the Civil War. The Stimson family owns significant fir, pine, and cedar operations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Eastern

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Posted in Feature, Idaho, Land Report 100, Montana, Oregon, Pacific, Timber, Washington, West

Martin Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 18 Martin Family 570,000 acres Descendants of Roy Martin Sr. (1890–1973) still lead the family business, which operates in 32 parishes and owns 150,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods in addition to pine and hardwood forest. Click here to see

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, Louisiana, South, Timber

Harvard Takes $1 Billion Writedown

Businessweek reports that Harvard bet the farm in Brazil — and lost. The managers of the nation’s largest university endowment made a substantial investment in a sprawling agricultural development in Northeastern Brazil. According to one analyst, Harvard’s top money managers

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Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Massachusetts, News Desk, Northeast
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