Federal Policy

Oregon Judge Orders Teenager to Pay $36 Million in Restitution for Starting Massive Wildfire in 2017

More than 48,000 acres were torched after a 15-year old tossed a firecracker and ignited last year’s deadly Eagle Creek Fire. A total of 11 claims were submitted, ranging from $8,111.14 by Allstate Insurance to more than $21 million in

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The Land Report Spring 2018

The Land Report Spring 2018 issue

The Magazine of the American Landowner announces the 2017 Deals of the Year: Deal of the Year: Jack and Laura Dangermond’s $165 Million Donation Preserves Santa Barbara’s Bixby Ranch as the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve Ranchland Deal of the Year: Colorado’s

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Posted in Agriculture, Back Issues, Developers, Farming, Federal Policy, Hunting, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Southwest, West

Neighbors Awarded Millions in Hog Farm Nuisance Case

The Chinese owners of Smithfield Foods are on the hook for $50 million, thanks to a federal court in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ten neighbors filed suit arguing, that the waste treatment methods of the world’s largest pork producer were not

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, North Carolina, South, Water

Land Report April 2018 Newsletter

Overachievers, led by Dan and Michael Murphy of Colorado’s M4 Ranch Group, were honored at the Realtors Land Institute’s Apex Awards in Nashville on March 13. The Murphys took top honors as APEX 2017 Top National Producer. Get the lowdown

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Posted in Agriculture, Energy, Farming, Federal Policy, New Mexico, News Desk, Newsletter, North Carolina, Washington, Water, Wyoming

California Landowner Faces 140 Potential State and Federal Violations

An anonymous tip helped California wildlife officers uncover the worst instance of raptor poaching in state history. Investigators discovered an extraordinary number of rapture carcasses, other dead birds, and wildlife on an 80-acre property belonging to Richard Parker. The 67-year-old

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IRS Scrutinizes Syndicated Conservation Easements

Syndicated conservation easements are costing the federal government more than $1 billion annually, and that lost revenue is raising eyebrows in Washington. According to The Wall Street Journal, in late 2016 the IRS began requiring participants in syndicated conservation easements

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Taxes

Corn Belt Ag Values Edge Slightly Higher in 2017

The Chicago Fed reports that a three-year slide in farmland values in the Seventh Federal Reserve District has come to an end. According to senior business economist David Oppedahl, an annual increase of 1 percent in nominal terms was recorded

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

The Bull Breaks Loose: Land Transactions Finished on a Tear in 2017

Record employment numbers. Equity markets at all-time highs. The largest overhaul of the tax code in decades. No wonder land transactions finished on a tear in 2017. Pick a market, any market. Almost all seem to be buzzing with activity,

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Energy, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Taxes

President Trump Touts Tax Cuts, Revised Estate Tax to Farmers

A friendly audience welcomed President Trump to Nashville on earlier this month as he addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation. One major reason: The administration’s $1.5 trillion tax cut, which the president signed into law in December. A major overhaul

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Chicago Fed Reports Minimal Change Over Last Year

Farmland values in the Seventh Federal Reserve District saw a year-over-year decrease of 1 percent in the third quarter of 2017. The Midwest has not experienced a year-over-year decrease or increase in agricultural land values greater than 1 percent in

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