Federal Policy

U.S. Attorney Sues Hemp Farm

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia filed a civil suit against a Mason County hemp farm. Although state laws allow the cultivation, sale, and purchase of industrial hemp, the suit alleges the

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, South, West Virginia

Public Lands Primer

Not all public lands are created equal. That is especially the case out West where almost half the land — 47 percent — is owned by Uncle Sam. Text by Ken Mirr Four or five years ago, I listed a

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Public Land, Recreation, Water

Zinke Nixes Proposed Interior Department Land Sale

The potential sale of more than 1,600 acres of federal land located within the previous boundaries of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was announced in mid-August and then quickly canceled. “The secretary did not see the proposal before it went

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

Bureau of Land Management to Exit Washington?

A host of Western cities are courting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the hopes of attracting the new BLM headquarters. The move is part of Secretary Zinke’s plan to relocate the agency closer to the bulk of the lands it

Posted in Colorado, Feature, Federal Policy, Idaho, News Desk, Public Land, Utah, West

Western Landowner Portrait: James Rogers, Winecup Gamble Ranch in Nevada

“To be honest, the tough conversations have made us better a landowner.” — James Rogers Text by Lesli Allison | Photography by David Packer and JD Hunter Sprawling across the very heart of buckaroo country, the Winecup Gamble Ranch encompasses

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Nevada, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Water, West

$266 Million Native American Agriculture Fund Established

In 1999, nearly 900 Native Americans brought suit against the federal government, claiming that the Department of Agriculture systematically discriminated against them in loan programs dating as far back as 1981. Eleven years later, the federal government settled the lawsuit

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The Cowboy State Rules!

According to the Tax Foundation, Wyoming takes top honors for the lowest taxes nationwide. — Eric O’Keefe 1. NO INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX Only six states in the Union shun a personal income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, and

Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Taxes, West, Wyoming

Stable Farmland Values Trump Falling Commodity Prices

Year-over-year farmland values in the Corn Belt are holding steady; however, in the most recent quarter, an uptick in Iowa and in Wisconsin pulled overall values in the Seventh District into positive territory for 2018. — The Editors NATIONAL –

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

EPA Declares Biomass Carbon Neutral

In a major policy shift that benefits timberland owners, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced that biomass will be considered carbon neutral for the purposes of regulating emissions from sources such as power plants that burn wood. Biomass proponents hailed the

Posted in Conservation, Energy, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Timber

Private Land Seizures Underway in Rio Grande Valley

McAllen Mayor Jim Darling reports that 167 landowners in Hidalgo County have received condemnation notices from the federal government. The notices arrived as Customs and Border Protection personnel informed South Texas officials from cities, counties, and foreign trade zones along

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

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