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Asian Carp Nearing Lake Michigan

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that Asian carp are knocking on the door of the Great Lakes. Sampling data, collected in October, show the presence of bighead or silver carp DNA throughout the Chicago Area Waterway System less

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

The Administration Moves to Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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The Department of the Interior is releasing a conservation plan that recommends additional protections for the 19-million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). President Obama announced he will make a recommendation to Congress to designate core areas of the nation’s

Posted in California, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Oregon, Pacific, Public Land, Washington

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chief Economist Retires

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Dr. Joseph Glauber announced his retirement from federal service effective December 31, 2014. A graduate of the University of Chicago (AB) and the University of Wisconsin (PhD), Glauber was responsible for the USDA’s agricultural forecasts and projections as well as

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

Congressional Rider Blocks Gunnison Sage-Grouse Funding

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Buried in the fine print of last month’s $1.1 billion Cromnibus – the love child of a “continuing resolution” (CR) and “omnibus” spending bill – was a rider that prevents federal funding to meet court-imposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) deadlines.

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Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Utah, West

Colorado Officials Vow to Fight U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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The Denver Post reports that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to sue the federal government following the declaration of the Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. Hickenlooper called the decision

Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, News Desk, Public Land, West

Land Report December 2014 Newsletter

Take a look at our December newsletter – full of compelling news and notes such as: Which member of The Beatles is selling his Aspen horse ranch? Which avian species has Congress refused to protect? Which presidential hopeful will be

Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Energy, Federal Policy, Minerals, Newsletter, Public Land

Almond Grower Fined $160,000, Must Purchase Conservation Easement

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Edward Lynn Brown for destroying valuable wetlands in the San Joaquin Valley of Northern California. In August 2012, Brown leased 850 acres of grazing land to convert into an almond orchard.

Posted in Agriculture, California, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, West

Midwest Farm Values Inch Higher

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The good news? For the fifth consecutive year, ag values in the all-important Seventh Federal Reserve District moved up. The bad news? The days of double-digit gains are a thing of the past. – The Editors NATIONAL – TREND A

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

Land Report November 2014 Newsletter

Our November newsletter features a slew of activity involving federal and state stakeholders: The Chicago Fed updates Midwest farmland values. U.S. Fish & Wildlife declares the Gunnison sage grouse a threatened species. Elected officials in Colorado vow to fight U.S. Fish

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Federal Policy, Minerals, Newsletter, Public Land

The Little Pink House Goes to Hollywood

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One of the greatest missteps by our nation’s high court will be featured on the silver screen next year. Producer Ted Balaker can remember the exact moment when he first learned that the Supreme Court had ruled 5-4 against Susette

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Posted in Connecticut, Corinne Garcia, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Northeast, Public Land
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