Agriculture

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

Western Landowner Portrait: Sarah King, Anvil Ranch in Arizona

Text by Lesli Allison | Photography by Sarah King, Heidi Crnkovic, and Ziemba Photographic Daily challenges have always been inherent to ranching in the West and there are no shortages of them in the Altar Valley, located south of Tucson

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Posted in Agriculture, Arizona, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Southwest

On the Block: 23-Acre Red Lodge Creek Estate in Montana

A 23-acre estate that includes a tributary of the Yellowstone River will be auctioned by Hall and Hall Auctions on August 30 at the property in Red Lodge, Montana. The acreage includes a 5,152-square-foot custom home that was built in

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Montana, News Desk, Residential Property, West

Mike Smith: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 37 Mike Smith 283,500 acres Based in Amarillo, Smith and his family own acreage around the Texas Panhandle plus additional land from Waco to Eastern New Mexico. Smith devotes most of his holdings to cattle. The varied terrain he

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

SOLD! Colorado’s Grizzly Ranch Sells for $18.5 Million

High country North Park livestock operation includes 8,686 deeded acres and 18,000 acres of BLM and State of Colorado leases. An assemblage of three mountain ranches with a carrying capacity of 1,500 cow-calf pairs or 5,000 yearlings sold for $18.5

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Residential Property, Water, West

Looking Back at Bill Moore

As the 20th century came to a close, one of the iconic ranches of the American West — the Broken O — was in the midst of a renaissance. And the driving force was a retiree. OK — Bill Moore

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Montana, West

2017 Ranks As Second-Worst Year for Tropical Tree Cover Loss

Scientists from the World Resources Institute and the University of Maryland have determined that last year was the second-worst year for tropical tree cover loss, exceeded only by 2016. An area equivalent in size to Bangladesh — approximately 39 million

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Timber

Bass Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 36 Bass Family 285,000 acres The four great-nephews of legendary Texas wildcatter Sid Richardson invest in an array of enterprises, including cattle ranching as well as oil and gas. Still deeply rooted in their hometown of Fort Worth, brothers

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

Increasing Percentage of Family-Owned Farms Are Not Family-Farmed

According to the Department of Agriculture, 99 percent of all farms in the US are family-owned, not corporate farms. Yet because of demographic trends and costly barriers to entry, only 60 percent of farmland nationwide is actually farmed by those

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, News Desk, Ohio

Llano Partners: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 35 Llano Partners 295,000 acres While maintaining farming, ranching, and feedlot operations in Texas, New Mexico, and Florida, G. Hughes Abell also oversees his family’s private investments in timber, oil and gas, and commercial real estate. De Louisiana native

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Energy, Farming, Feature, Florida, Land Report 100, Minerals, New Mexico, South, Southwest, Texas

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