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Extension Service Reaches the Century Mark

The roots of today’s agricultural extension services reach all the way back to the early 1800s when landowners, farmers, and scientists gathered to talk shop at agricultural societies and clubs. Congress formalized the USDA’s Extension Service a century ago with

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, Water, West

Beef Prices Jump 25% in the First Quarter

Record production costs, the smallest national herd in half a century, increased demand from China and Japan — whatever the reason, the price of U.S. beef has skyrocketed to its highest level in almost three decades. February’s $5.28 per-pound price

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

The Land Report 2013 Agriculture Deal of the Year: Hager Farm & Ranch

In 1978, Walter Hager relied on Broker John Wildin to help him buy his first 13 quarters in Kansas. That was also the year he married Virginia Siverson, who became intimately involved in all aspects of their operations. Of her

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Posted in Auctions, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Kansas

The Land Report Spring 2014

2013 was a year of superlatives: billion-dollar acquisitions, record-setting prices, and landmark sales. And behind the best of these deals one finds the stories of passionate landowners, men and women and families who went to extraordinary lengths to assemble, to

Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Back Issues, Cattle, Conservation, Dogs, Farming, Great Plains, Hunting, Public Land, Recreation, South, Timber, West

Land Report 100er: Stefan Soloviev

This New York City-based entrepreneur first developed an interest in agriculture through commodity trading of grains. “That’s how I got away from sitting at a desk to being out in the West,” he says. With landholdings currently totaling 141,700 acres,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Energy, Feature, Great Plains, Kansas, Nancy Myers, New Mexico, Southwest, Texas, West

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Establishes Climate Hubs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established seven regional hubs to address increasing risks from fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts. Their purpose will be to translate reams of science and research into information that ranchers, forest landowners,

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

2012 Land Report Best Brokerages: Clift Land Brokers

Clift Land Brokers www.cliftlandbrokers.com (806) 355-9856 2012 Sales: > $100 Million Who: Headquartered in Amarillo with seven offices in the Southwest and Great Plains. Focuses on farmland, ranches, and feedlots. Wow: Closed three properties for more than $18 million each.

Posted in Feature, Great Plains, Southwest, Texas

2013 A Disaster for Corn

Futures for corn, the most valuable U.S. crop sold on the Chicago Board of Trade, slumped 40 percent last year. It was the steepest price tumble since the 1960s. “We’re looking at an era of about three, four, five years

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On the Block: 7,600 Acres in Kansas and Nebraska

Thanks to profitable hunting leases, these tracts have already proven their worth, according to Auctioneer Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall. Seven irrigation pivots and plenty of deer, turkey, and pheasant stoke hunting income. The subject property includes 800 irrigated

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2012 Land Report Best Brokerages: Farmers National Company

Farmers National Company www.farmersnational.com (800) 346-2650 2012 Sales: > $1 Billion Who: FNC is not a franchiser and prides itself on being a full-service company for landowners. Its brokerage includes private treaty and auction services, management services for land, oil

Posted in Feature, Great Plains, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

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