Federal Policy

Land Values in Corn Belt Shed Three Percent

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

U.S. Department of Agriculture Incentivizes Ranchers, Farmers, and Timber Owners

In an effort to bolster declining honey bee populations nationwide, the USDA has set aside $4 million for a public-private conservation strategy. In the warm-weather months, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin welcome some 70 percent of

Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Montana, News Desk, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

New York’s Plum Island to Fetch $1 Billion?

The rhetoric keeps ramping up surrounding the future of Plum Island at the eastern edge of Long Island. Two years ago, Homeland Security declared that in advance of shuttering the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in 2023, the entire island

Posted in Conservation, Developers, Feature, Federal Policy, New York, News Desk, Northeast, Public Land

U.S. Interior, Justice Departments to Settle with Tribes

The United States Department of the Interior along with the Department of Justice have agreed to a proposed $940 million settlement to resolve a quarter-century-old legal dispute with Native American tribes. At issue: costs for programs the federal government mandated

Posted in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Opts Not to List Greater Sage-Grouse

Landowners’ voluntary efforts play crucial role. In mid-September, the Obama administration announced its decision not to designate the greater sage-grouse as an endangered species, heralding the government’s intention to keep a cooperative land-management plan in place. Proponents say an endangered-species

Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Montana, Nevada, News Desk, West, Wyoming

Kelo Postmortem

A decade has passed since the Rehnquist Court’s “intellectually unsound” decision in Kelo v. City of New London. On June 23, 2005, a team of attorneys for the Institute for Justice (IJ), a nonprofit libertarian public interest law firm, was

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

Farmland Values Stabilize in the Midwest

Farmland values in the Seventh Federal Reserve District were unchanged from a year before and actually rose 1 percent in the first quarter of 2015. —The Editors MIDWEST – FOCUS The following conclusions are based on the responses of 234

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

Land Report September 2015 Newsletter

While the U.S. economy suffers through starts and stops, land sales and land listings keep humming along. Here are some of the September newsletter’s highlights: A key timberland sale in Florida; A potential $1 billion listing off Long Island; A $5 million

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Posted in Arizona, California, Colorado, Conservation, Developers, Federal Policy, Florida, New Mexico, New York, News Desk, Newsletter, Northeast, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Southwest, Timber, Utah, West, Wyoming

Three New Wilderness Areas Designated in Idaho

H.R. 1138, sponsored by Rep. Mike Simpson, passed the House on July 27, was unanimously approved by the Senate on August 4, and signed into law by President Obama on August 7. “Congressman Simpson’s legislation reflects years of meaningful engagement

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

High Court Strikes Down Federal Program

A majority of justices sided with raisin farmer Marvin Horne in his battle against a federal program created to keep excess raisins off the market. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 8-1 decision, with the court’s more conservative justices assenting.

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