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2016 Land Report 100: Anne Marion

No. 37 Anne Marion 275,000 acres Fourth-generation rancher Anne Burnett Marion steers the Quarter Horse breeding program at the 6666 Ranch, a storied property that dates to 1870. Home to some 10,000 Angus and Black Baldy, the Four Sixes has

Posted in Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Lee Family

No. 37 Lee Family 275,000 acres (NEW TO LIST) Heirs of Floyd Lee raise cattle and horses in the shadow of Mount Taylor, some 80 miles west of Albuquerque. The rugged terrain comes with a hidden benefit in the form

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, New Mexico, Southwest

2016 Land Report 100: Killam Family

No. 36 Killam Family 277,000 acres (up 22,000 acres) In 1920, O.W. Killam abandoned a promising career in Oklahoma politics to move his family to Laredo, Texas, in hopes of striking oil. Although his first attempts met with failure, the

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Posted in Energy, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Kokernot Heirs

No. 35 Kokernot Heirs 278,000 acres Among the most storied ranches in Far West Texas, the family’s o6 brand was registered in 1837. It was purchased by John Kokernot in 1872, who, with brother Lee, began grazing cattle on open

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

Cropland Values Hold Steady at $4,090 Per Acre Nationwide

The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service announced that from 2016 to 2017, US cropland values remained constant at $4,090 per acre. Top gainers included Texas and Oklahoma, which saw increases of 6.3 and 6.1 percent, respectively. Kansas cropland

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

2016 Land Report 100: Mike Smith

No. 33. Mike Smith 283,594 acres (down 2,472-acres) Some things have changed in the Texas Panhandle. Say, for instance, cotton now grows where golden waves of wheat once grew. Some things have not, such as Mike Smith quietly collecting land.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Land Report 100, New Mexico, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Bass Family

No. 32 Bass Family 285,000 acres (up 135,000-acres) Brothers Sid, Ed, Robert, and Lee Bass share several notable characteristics with their great-uncle Sid Richardson, including a knack for making money and a love of the land.

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Posted in Cattle, Energy, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Llano Partners Ltd.

No. 31 Llano Partners Ltd. 295,000 acres (up 30,000-acres) The family farm and ranch operations span three time zones and are overseen by Austin-based general partner Hughes Abell. Beef cattle and conservation-oriented hunting continue to be the primary focus.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Nunley Family

No. 30 Nunley Family 301,500 acres Legendary Texas cattleman Red Nunley took up ranching more than seven decades ago and partnered with other leading landowners to improve breeding techniques. Today, Nunley Brothers Ranches is owned and managed by Red’s grandsons,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

Inspector General Clears EPA In Gold King Mine Spill

Agency finds no misconduct in three-million-gallon spill. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded no wrongdoing was associated with an EPA-led team that triggered the Gold King Mine spill and sent three million

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Posted in Colorado, Feature, Federal Policy, New Mexico, News Desk, Southwest, Utah, Water, West
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