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Briscoe Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 13 Briscoe Heirs 640,000 acres Former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. (1923–2010) ranked as the single largest landowner in Texas. Three generations of the Briscoe family have stewarded their 100,000-acre CATARINA RANCH in South Texas, the epicenter of the

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

Wilks Brothers: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 12 Wilks Brothers 702,367 acres FRAC TECH founders Farris and Dan Wilks own ranches in Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, and they rank as the state’s leading landowners in Montana and Idaho. At least they did at press time. Wilks

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Idaho, Land Report 100, Minerals, Montana, Oregon, Pacific, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, West

New Law Settles Battle Over Bones

Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed into law legislation that designates fossils belong to the surface estate owner. The first-of-its-kind protection addresses a contentious issue that has bedeviled landowners. “This was a very significant bill for our group,” Charles Denowh of

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Posted in Feature, Minerals, Montana, News Desk, West

Pingree Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 11 Pingree Heirs 830,000 acres (up 125,000 acres) Pingree lands are consolidated in Maine and owned by fifth-, sixth-, and seventh generation descendants of David Pingree (1795–1863). Known as the Merchant Prince of Salem, Pingree’s nineteenth-century empire ultimately exceeded

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Land Report 100, Maine, Northeast, Timber

New Leadership Announced at LandVest

The real estate and timberland advisory firm LandVest, headquartered in Boston, announced new leadership in April. Joseph Taggart is the new president, moving up from his previous role as executive vice president of timberlands. Taggart has been with LandVest since

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Posted in Feature, Massachusetts, News Desk, Northeast, Timber

King Ranch Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 10 King Ranch Heirs 911,215 acres 2018 was a banner year for the Return to the Remuda Sale, and the participation of KING RANCH QUARTER HORSES as a guest consignor played a part. The largest crowd in sale history

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Posted in Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

Farm Losses Top $2 Billion

The recent flooding that devastated farms in the Midwest continues to deliver economic blows, reports the Des Moines Register. Farmers are struggling not only with damaged crops and a massive cleanup but are also trying to reach fields and livestock

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Iowa, Midwest, News Desk

2017 Farm Census Released

Ninety-six percent of US farms and ranches are family owned. That’s one of the many takeaways from the USDA’s most recent Census of Agriculture based on data collected by the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk

Peter Buck: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 9 Peter Buck 925,000 acres (up 125,000 acres) How many Subway Cold Cut Combos go into an acre of timberland? (Here’s a hint: It doesn’t matter if you order a six-inch combo or the footlong.) Only a nuclear physicist

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, Maine, Northeast, Timber

Low Prices Plague Wisconsin Farmers

For the third year in a row, the Badger State boasted the unenviable distinction of leading the nation in farm bankruptcies in 2018. Wisconsin’s 47 Chapter 12 bankruptcies easily outpaced Nebraska’s 31. Low milk prices were just one culprit. “The

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Posted in Agriculture, Bankruptcy, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Great Lakes, News Desk, Wisconsin

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