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Land Report April 2017 Newsletter

President Trump has directed the Department of the Interior to review all national monuments designated over the past two decades that exceed 100,000 acres. This includes monuments established by Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama. Other updates in this month’s newsletter include: Hawaii’s

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Federal Policy, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Newsletter, Pacific, Public Land, South, South Carolina, Southwest, Texas

1031 Exchanges Endangered

Congress considers eliminating key landowner tax tool. Text by Eric O’Keefe | Photography by Jason Walsmith Grover Norquist is bullish on the prospects for passage of tax reform legislation this year. However, the founder and president of Americans for Tax

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, States, Taxes, West

Utah Landowners Lose ESA Challenge on Appeal

The 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2014 ruling that limited the ability of federal officials to use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect a species located in a single state. Utah landowners had challenged a US

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

2016 Marks Third Consecutive Drop in Corn Belt Farm Values

The Seventh Federal Reserve District reported a 1% drop in agricultural land values in 2016. This follows decreases of 3% in both 2015 and 2014. Senior Business Economist David Oppedahl noted the following: • The decrease in the agricultural land

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

Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act Clears House

Legislation requiring a 116-mile survey at the Texas– Oklahoma border cleared the House by a 250-171 vote. The goal of the survey is to resolve a dispute between the Bureau of Land Management and a group of Texas landowners concerning

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

1031 Exchanges Endangered

Congress considers eliminating key landowner tax tool. Grover Norquist is bullish on the prospects for passage of tax reform legislation this year. However, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform is sounding an alarm on the potential repeal

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Posted in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, News Desk, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northeast, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pacific, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Land Report February 2017 Newsletter

STOP THE PRESSES! CONGRESS CONSIDERS ELIMINATING 1031 EXCHANGES! 1031s are an essential tax-deferral mechanism for landowners coast to coast. Grover Norquist tells The Land Report that tax reform by Congress is a certainty. Norquist adds that 1031s are under consideration for

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Federal Policy, Georgia, Golf, Midwest, Newsletter, Oklahoma, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Southwest, Taxes, Texas, Water

EPA Claims No Legal Authority to Pay $1.2 Billion in Gold King Spill Cleanup Claims

Agency cites sovereign immunity, lack of Congressional authority. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that the agency is not legally able to pay compensation for claims brought in connection with the three million gallons of waste released from the

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

Land Report January 2017 Newsletter

Landowners from coast to coast have been battered and blessed in 2017, including: The EPA’s decision not to pay compensation for the Gold King Mine spill. The much anticipated end to California’s prolonged drought. Hope to see you Friday, Feb.

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Colorado, Federal Policy, Hawaii, Minerals, Newsletter, Pacific, Public Land, Water, West

Conservation Easement Protects Valuable Neches River Tract

A collaboration between the Texas A&M Forest Service and The Conservation Fund has preserved approximately 7,000 acres of forestland in the Pineywoods of East Texas. Known as Bobcat Ridge, the acreage fronts the Neches River near Palestine and will almost

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