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2016 Land Report 100: O’Connor Heirs

No. 15 O’Connor Heirs 580,000 acres (up 80,000 acres) Irish immigrant Thomas O’Connor, a.k.a. “The Texas Cattle King,” was awarded a 4,428-acre land grant in 1834 near present day Victoria, and the family never looked back. One of his sons,

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

The Commish Takes Our Questions

Interview by Eric O’Keefe Original Photography by Gustav Schmiege III MUCH LIKE HIS NATIVE STATE, the 28th Commissioner of the General Land Office is an intriguing blend of tradition and innovation. He wears cowboy boots — and an iWatch. His

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Gustav Schmiege, Interviews, News Desk, Public Land, Southwest, Taxes, Texas, Water

2016 Land Report 100: Lykes Heirs

No. 14 Lykes Heirs 615,000 acres In the decade following the Civil War, Dr. Howell Lykes shuttered his medical practice to oversee the family farm in Florida’s Hernando County. In 1900, he and his seven sons incorporated Lykes Bros. Inc.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Florida, Land Report 100, South, Southwest, Texas

2017 Land Report Texas Top X

Sandow Lakes has one of the largest bundles of water rights on to market. — The Editors 1. Sandow Lakes Ranch: $250 million This 33,777-acre Central Texas sanctuary features a sea of water rights and has been owned by Alcoa USA since

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Hunting, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas, Water

SOLD! Blue Apron Acquires Sustainable Meat Producer BN Ranch

Niman Ranch founder Bill Niman has sold his BN Ranch brand to California-based meal delivery service Blue Apron. BN Ranch has been a supplier of grass-fed beef to Blue Apron for two years. Terms were not disclosed. Niman will remain

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

Land Report April 2017 Newsletter

President Trump has directed the Department of the Interior to review all national monuments designated over the past two decades that exceed 100,000 acres. This includes monuments established by Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama. Other updates in this month’s newsletter include: Hawaii’s

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Federal Policy, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Newsletter, Pacific, Public Land, South, South Carolina, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Briscoe Family

No. 12 Briscoe Family 640,000 acres (up 80,000 acres) One family member, Andrew Briscoe, was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Another member — the venerable Dolph Briscoe Jr. — served two terms as the Lone Star State’s

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

2016 Marks Third Consecutive Drop in Corn Belt Farm Values

The Seventh Federal Reserve District reported a 1% drop in agricultural land values in 2016. This follows decreases of 3% in both 2015 and 2014. Senior Business Economist David Oppedahl noted the following: • The decrease in the agricultural land

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

2016 Land Report 100: King Ranch Heirs

No. 9 King Ranch Heirs 911,215 acres In 2015, King Ranch announced the purchase of The Boon from Alice Walton and her Rocking W Ranch. The Boon is a seventh-generation descendant of Old Sorrel, King Ranch’s foundation stallion and the

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

2016 Land Report 100: Singleton Family

No. 7 Singleton Family 1,100,000 acres For four centuries, the San Cristobal Ranch has run cattle just south of Santa Fe between the Ortiz Mountains, the Cerrillos Hills, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the Jemez Mountains. Family patriarch Henry

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