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America’s Largest Landowner Announces Renewable Energy Venture

Ted Turner has announced a strategic alliance with Atlanta-based Southern Company to pursue development of renewable energy projects in the Southwestern United States, including his New Mexico land holdings. Turner is the state’s largest landowner. “I’ve always been passionate about

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Land Report 100: No. 62 Clayton Williams Jr.

OF THE COUNTRY’S 100 LARGEST LANDOWNERS, FEW ARE AS COLORFUL AS CLAYTIE. A passionate approach to land stewardship is but one of Clayton Williams’s claims to fame. The diehard Texas Aggie is a born entrepreneur whose many pursuits have ranged

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Posted in Cattle, Energy, Farming, Feature, Hunting, Minerals, News Desk, Regional News, Southwest, Topics, Water

Nebraska Governor to Address Wind Conference

Gov. Dave Heineman is slated as one of the keynote speakers next month at the Nebraska Wind Power 2009 Conference. Scheduled for Nov. 9-10 in Kearney, the conference will feature nationally known experts on wind and wind power and focus

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, News Desk, Regional News, Topics

Northeastern Landowners Get $165M For Natural Gas Rights

A coalition of landowners in one of the country’s emerging natural gas hot spots has reached an agreement to lease 30,000 acres to Fortuna Energy for natural gas drilling rights. The $165-million, five-year deal for Marcellus Shale drilling rights comes out

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Minerals, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News, Topics

Interior Department Investigates Renewable Energy Speculators

Remember the Interior Department’s ongoing investigation into possible abuses of the Royalty-in-Kind program? Now the department’s Inspector General has started to look into possible abuses by companies seeking to develop renewable energies on BLM land. Three years ago, BLM received six applications

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, West

Sold! 1,789 Acres of Kansas Farmland for $765 Per Acre

Nebraska’s York College sold off a 1,789-acre bequest in Ellis County, Kansas. The college got $1.369 million ($765 per acre) at the January auction and retained the mineral rights.

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Posted in Auctions, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, Regional News, Topics

Behind the Woodshed: TVA

OK, let’s face facts. When it comes to bad neighbors, there are horror stories and then there’s TVA. What these guys have done make a crooked fenceline or stray livestock look like the county fair. Can anyone imagine what it must be

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, South, Topics, Water

Obama to Nominate Salazar for Interior

Landowners in the West will have one of their own heading up the Interior Department in the new Obama Administration. According to published reports, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) will be named the 50th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, Public Land, Timber, Water

Brazil to Issue Deeds to Thousands of Landowners in the Amazon Basin

Brazilians have long feared that foreigners were exploiting great expanses of the Amazon River Basin, a story we covered earlier this year when the Brazilian government began to investigate unlawful land sales to overseas interests. Now the country has established

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Hunting, International, Minerals, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, Water

North Dakota Bucks the Recession

The rest of the U.S. may have fallen into a recession, but at the north end of the Great Plains a robust economy and a tight labor supply is keeping North Dakota humming. Unemployment rate? Holding steady at 3.4 percent. New

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Minerals, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics

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