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Upcoming Event: 2015 Forest Landowners Association Annual Conference

The 2015 Forest Landowners Association (FLA) conference will be held at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia from June 2-5, 2015. The FLA conference features forums and speakers that address a broad range of forestry issues impacting

Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, South, Timber, Virginia

Land Report March 2015 Newsletter

Our March newsletter features numerous news items, including: Why landowners must contact their elected officials in Washington. Which 5,221-acre legacy property goes on the auction block next month. Who is heading up the new Land & Ranch Division at Concierge Auctions. For up-to-the-minute reports on

Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Federal Policy, Newsletter, Pacific, Taxes, West

Asian Carp Nearing Lake Michigan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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