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Canadian Pension Fund Buys Broetje Orchards

One of largest vertically-integrated, family-owned tree-fruit farms in the PACIFIC NORTHWEST sold in December. – Eric O’Keefe Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has acquired Washington State’s Broetje Orchards. The blockbuster transaction, which included 6,175 acres of tree-fruit orchards, closed in December.

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Feature, International, News Desk, Pacific, Washington

Ranchers File Antitrust Suit Against Beef Packers

R-CALF USA joined with four cattle-feeding ranchers in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming to file a class-action lawsuit against the largest US beef packers. The Big Four packers — Cargill, JBS, National Beef, and Tyson — are accused of conspiring

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Feature, Great Plains, Iowa, Kansas, Midwest, Nebraska, News Desk, Pacific, West, Wyoming

Nation’s Largest Retailer Creates End-to-End Beef Supply

Walmart’s first foray into the beef industry follows a nationwide trend toward transparency in the food supply chain. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based behemoth announced plans to source much of the Black Angus cuts it sells in 500 stores across the Southeast

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, News Desk

Go West, Bureau of Land Management

According to the Interior Department, officials are scouting a new location for BLM headquarters nearer the terrain it manages: 388,000 square miles, 99 percent of which can be found in a dozen Western states. Look for an announcement in September

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Posted in Arizona, Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Idaho, New Mexico, News Desk, Public Land, Utah, West

Lower 48 Virtually Drought Free

Following the wettest 12 months on record in North America, the continental US is now virtually drought-free. The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration reported that precipitation in the US from May 2018 to April 2019 topped 36 inches, shattering a

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Water

Sold! Landmark 2,410-acre Red Hills Wild Quail Plantation Sells

Florida’s Valhalla Plantation boasts significant higher and better use potential. A historic plantation founded in 1824 and later owned by a Winn-Dixie heir sold for $13.6 million after several years on the market. Originally part of the renowned Chemonie Plantation,

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Posted in Conservation, Equestrian, Feature, Florida, Hunting, News Desk, Recreation, South

Land Report June 2019 Newsletter

Our 2019 Texas issue takes center stage in the June newsletter. Feature stories include a photo essay by Rahm Carrington featuring the Return to the Remuda sale, an overview of Texas land markets, and a cover story by Henry Chappell

Posted in California, Colorado, Great Plains, Montana, New York, News Desk, Newsletter, Pacific, Southwest, 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

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

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

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