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The Land Report Top Ten: Summer 2018

Crowned by a stately manor house and featuring its own equestrian center, Great Island joins the list. — The Editors 1. Molokai Ranch (Hawaii): $260 million This 55,574-acre ranch ranks as one of the Aloha State’s largest and encompasses more

Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Colorado, Connecticut, Equestrian, Feature, Florida, Hawaii, Hunting, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Southwest, Texas, West

Supreme Court Declines Coastal Act Case

A decade-long legal battle by Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla over private property rights versus public coastal access ended this month when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, reports the Los Angeles Times. Central to the dispute: a

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Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land

Land Report October 2018 Newsletter

Tom Brokaw’s West Boulder Ranch and the Old Steen Place, an adjacent portion of the Burnt Leather Ranch, were sold to a single buyer by Fay Ranches on September 28. The combination of the two Montana holdings creates a 4,751-acre

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, California, Energy, Farming, Federal Policy, Hunting, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, News Desk, Newsletter, North Dakota, Northeast, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Texas, West

Monsanto Seeks to Have $289 Million Verdict Thrown Out

In September, the company asked to have the landmark verdict set aside (or the award reduced) in the case brought by California school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson. Johnson alleged that the glyphosate in weed killers like Roundup and Ranger Pro gave

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Posted in California, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

Land Report September 2018 Newsletter

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates paid $171 million in August to acquire 14,500 acres of farmland owned by John Hancock Life Insurance Company in one of the most coveted agricultural regions of Washington. The lofty purchase price eclipsed April’s $136 million

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Farming, News Desk, Newsletter, Oregon, Pacific, South, Southwest, Timber, Washington

For Sale: 157-Acre Parcel in Beverly Hills Lists for $1 Billion

157 acres of California development land to list for $1 billion? The New York Times reports that a 157-acre parcel in the Beverly Hills 90210 ZIP code will soon come to market for $1 billion ($6.3 million per acre). Zoned

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Posted in California, Developers, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

Preservation Tax Breaks Questioned

A Napa County grand jury has questioned millions of dollars in tax breaks that were doled out to preserve wine country farmland with little chance of being developed. Passed in 1965, California’s Williamson Act seeks to ease the financial challenges

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Conservation, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Pacific, Taxes

Land Report 2017 Agriculture Deal of the Year: Central Valley Farmland

The nation’s largest publicly traded farmland real estate investment trust stayed true to its business model with a nine-figure acquisition in 2017. Denver-based Farmland Partners (FPI) paid Singapore’s Olam International Limited $110 million to acquire 5,100 acres of permanent crop

Posted in Agriculture, California, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

Land Report July 2018 Newsletter

The robust US economy means plenty of transactions to report in our July newsletter, including: Colorado’s Grizzly Ranch sells for $18.5 million Red Lodge Creek Estate goes to auction on August 30 A 157-acre mountaintop in Beverly Hills lists for $1

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, California, Cattle, Colorado, Conservation, Developers, Farming, Hunting, Minerals, Montana, News Desk, Newsletter, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, Southwest, Taxes, Texas, Water, West

Collins Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 33 Collins Family 311,400 acres Founded in Pennsylvania in 1855 by a 24-year-old railroad engineer named Truman “T.D.” Collins, the family enterprise now includes forestland in the Northeast and the Pacific Northwest. Some 119,000 acres of the Collins’ acreage

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Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, Land Report 100, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Timber

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