Federal Policy

Commission Reverses Itself; Allows Wolves at Turner Ranch

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The New Mexico Game and Fish Commission unanimously approved a request by the Turner Endangered Species Fund to import and temporarily hold Mexican gray wolves at Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch. The decision, which was announced in February, followed a surprise

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, New Mexico, News Desk, Southwest

Midwest Cropland Pulls Back 3 Percent in 2015

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The Chicago Fed reports that farmland values in the Seventh District retreated 3 percent last year, matching the yearly decrease for 2014 and marking the first consecutive annual decline since the late 1980s. According to the district’s agricultural newsletter, which

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

BLM Hits Pause Button on Wilks Swap

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BLM Central Montana District Manager Mark Albers announced that his office will not green-light a land exchange proposed by Wilks Ranch, an entity owned by Dan and Farris Wilks of Cisco, TX. The decision, which was announced at a Jan.

Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Montana, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, West

Wildfire Torch Record Acreage in 2015

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that wildfires burned a record 10,125,149 acres across the United States last year. The 2015 total eclipsed the previous record, which was set in 2006. Of last year’s blazes, more than 50 exceeded 50,000 acres,

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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
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