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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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Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk

Renewable Debacle

1.2 million acres of grassland have been plowed under, one of the many unwelcome byproducts of the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard. Green energy. It sounds so environmentally friendly, so ecosensitive, so … green. What’s not to like about a fuel

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Posted in Corinne Garcia, Feature, Federal Policy, Midwest

Farmland Values Feel the Heat in the Midwest

Several surprising storylines emerge from the Seventh Federal Reserve District, home of bumper crops and bellwether land values. – The Editors NATIONAL – TREND In addition to a downturn in corn and soybean prices — corn fell 12 percent and

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Posted in Feature, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Midwest, News Desk, Wisconsin

Farmland Values Plateau in the 4th Quarter

The most recent quarterly farmland survey released by the Chicago Fed shows the steady rise in farmland values may be about to level off. Prices have been steadily rising, buoyed by increased investor interest as economic distress eased. The latest

Posted in Farming, Feature, Great Lakes, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Midwest, News Desk, Wisconsin

2012 Land Report Best Brokerages: Mossy Oak Properties Land Sales and Services

Mossy Oak Properties Land Sales and Services www.landforsaleohio.com (614) 829-7070 2012 Sales: < $50 Million Who: Emphasis on rural holdings, especially recreational properties, timberland, and farmland, as well as properties marketed and sold primarily for their mineral rights. Headquarters are

Posted in Feature, Midwest, News Desk, Ohio, Recreation, Timber

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

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Farmland Values Spike in Midwest and Mid-South

Second-quarter numbers trend higher in the Eighth Federal Reserve District, which includes all of Arkansas and portions of Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. – The Editors Using responses from 48 agricultural banks, the St. Louis Fed presented its

Posted in Agriculture, Arkansas, Cattle, Feature, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Midwest, Mississippi, Missouri, News Desk, South, Tennessee

Bumper Corn Crop and Worsening Prices May Come Soon

Expectations that U.S. farmers will harvest a record corn crop this year have many investors wagering that corn futures will continue to fall. Corn prices had already tumbled 37 percent by the end of September, making the grain one of

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

2013 Land Report 100

With 2.2 million acres, John Malone takes top honors for the third consecutive year. His love of land, coupled with his wife’s love of horses, led to several key acquisitions, including a historic Irish castle just south of Dublin and two properties in Wellington, the epicenter of Florida’s equestrian community.

At more than 2 million acres, Ted Turner runs a close second to his good friend. Turner enjoys the distinction of being New Mexico’s largest landowner, and he capitalized on that honor by acquiring the historic Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa in Truth or Consequences. Guests at the Lodge will be able to enjoy tours of Turner’s 156,439-acre Ladder Ranch and his 362,885-acre Armendaris Ranch.

Thanks to his acquisition of the Broken O Ranch, Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke moved up from No. 10 on last year’s list to No. 8 in the rankings. Among the newcomers to this year’s list are Texas’s Wilks Brothers, founders of Frac Tech. Their prized jewel is Montana’s 60,000-acre N Bar Ranch, which they acquired from former Land Report 100er Tom Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems. Another new name on the list is Arthur Nicholas, who serves on the board of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Nicholas is the owner of Wyoming’s historic Wagonhound Land and Livestock Co., which is the subject of a new book by Land Reporters Wyman Meinzer and Henry Chappell.

We invite you to be among the first to view the complete rundown of America’s top landowners, which is available exclusively on the Fay Ranches website. Click here to download your PDF today.

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Posted in Agriculture, Back Issues, Cattle, Conservation, Energy, Equestrian, Farming, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Hunting, Midwest, Minerals, Northeast, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, South, Southwest, Timber, Water, West

New Tax Law Impacts Estate Planning

While the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) primarily addressed income taxes, the new rules have also put an entirely different spin on estate planning. Because of 2013 tax-exempt levels for estates, a couple’s combined estate must be worth

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