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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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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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Lanai Wind Farm Specs to Remain Confidential

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The Hawaii Office of Information Practices has rejected a community group’s request for confidential information regarding a planned wind energy farm involving Castle & Cooke Chairman David Murdock. The office concluded that disclosing the confidential information would cause competitive harm

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US Farm Trust Closes $300 Million Fund

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Institutional investors back privately held REIT. San Antonio-based US Farm Trust announced on Aug. 13 that it has closed on over $300 million in commitments from institutional investors. The real estate investment trust (REIT) was established to acquire and manage

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Job Growth in Agriculture Sector Outpaces Graduates

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Each year an average of 57,900 job openings are created in agriculture and renewable natural resources, yet only 35,400 college degrees in agricultural-related fields are awarded in the U.S. This leaves a shortfall of 22,500 positions. According to the USDA,

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Conservation Easement to Protect South Kona Forestland

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The land, located in the Kaawaloa Forest between 2,300 and 4,300 feet in elevation, is rare native wet forest with a diversity of indigenous plants, trees, and birds, says Greg Hendrickson, real property administrator for the Pace family, which owns

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Hawaii, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land

2013 Land Report Best Brokerage: Island Sotheby’s International Realty

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty www.islandsothebysrealty.com (808) 879-8880 2013 Sales: $50 – $100 Million Who: Expertise in high-end properties on Maui, with three offices on the island. Wow: Exclusively brokered the sale of the pristine Hana Ranch in East Maui. Insight:

Posted in Cattle, Feature, Hawaii, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property

Productive Ag Land Piques International Investors

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The Economist is reporting that broad demographic trends are driving more and more investors, including sovereign funds, to consider investments related to ag land and increased productivity. “Institutional investors such as pension funds see farmland as fertile ground to plough,

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2014 Land Report 100: 70-79

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No. 71 David Murdock 149,702 acres The 91-year-old Dole Food CEO has built a fortune, and not just by selling pineapples. Murdock’s privately held Castle & Cooke is heavily invested in real estate development in Hawaii and California. No. 72

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