Federal Policy

House Passes Red River Private Property Protection Act

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H.R 2130 passed 253-177 on December 9, 2015. “For years, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been claiming ownership of land that belongs to private property owners along the Red River,” said Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Southwest, Texas

White Deer Flourish at a Former Army Depot

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By Rosemary O’Keefe Thanks to a protected, predator-free environment, a herd of rare white deer has swelled to more than 200 at the former Seneca Army Depot in Seneca County, New York. In 1941, the Army opened the storage and

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, New York, News Desk, Northeast, Public Land

Mixed Messages on Midwestern Land Values in New Federal Reserve Report

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Farmland values remained stagnant in the third quarter with slight variations among the states served by the Chicago Federal Reserve District. Illinois and Iowa saw a small dip in the value of farmland, while Indiana held steady; Michigan and Wisconsin,

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Midwest, News Desk, Wisconsin

Ogallala Aquifer Initiative Focuses on Nebraska and Oklahoma

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Amid a decade of drought, USDA announced plans to invest another $8 million in the Ogallala Aquifer, the single largest aquifer in the U.S. The Ogallala also serves as the primary water source for the High Plains. According to Agriculture

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, Nebraska, News Desk, Oklahoma, Water

Land Report November 2015 Newsletter

A megamerger totaling 13 million acres of timberland headlines our November newsletter, which also includes: A timely update from the Chicago Fed on Corn Belt land values A key initiative affecting landowners above the Ogalalla Aquifer Controversy surrounding Teddy Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Federal Policy, Hunting, Minerals, Newsletter, Timber

Land Values in Corn Belt Shed Three Percent

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Stalling commodity prices take their toll with corn off 21 percent and soybeans down 33 percent from 2014 highs. —The Editors MIDWEST – FOCUS The following conclusions are based on survey responses of 221 agricultural bankers in the Seventh District.

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

U.S. Department of Agriculture Incentivizes Ranchers, Farmers, and Timber Owners

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In an effort to bolster declining honey bee populations nationwide, the USDA has set aside $4 million for a public-private conservation strategy. In the warm-weather months, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin welcome some 70 percent of

Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Montana, News Desk, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

New York’s Plum Island to Fetch $1 Billion?

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The rhetoric keeps ramping up surrounding the future of Plum Island at the eastern edge of Long Island. Two years ago, Homeland Security declared that in advance of shuttering the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in 2023, the entire island

Posted in Conservation, Developers, Feature, Federal Policy, New York, News Desk, Northeast, Public Land

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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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Opts Not to List Greater Sage-Grouse

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Landowners’ voluntary efforts play crucial role. In mid-September, the Obama administration announced its decision not to designate the greater sage-grouse as an endangered species, heralding the government’s intention to keep a cooperative land-management plan in place. Proponents say an endangered-species

Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Montana, Nevada, News Desk, West, Wyoming
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