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Land Report August 2016 Newsletter

Ever heard of a wind tax? Probably not. That’s because only one state has one: Wyoming. Although the Cowboy State claims to be a low tax haven, it imposed the nation’s lone tax on power generated by wind turbines in 2012. Not

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Colorado, Farming, Federal Policy, Florida, Minerals, New Mexico, News Desk, Newsletter, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, South, Southwest, West, Wyoming

Land Report 2015 Agriculture Deal of the Year: Palo Verde Valley Alfalfa Farmland

It’s always worthwhile to take a look at how wealthy investors identify and exploit opportunities in current markets. What stock is the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, targeting these days and why? What about Amazon’s Jeff Bezos? What new technologies

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Posted in Agriculture, Corinne Garcia, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

The Land Report Top Ten: Spring 2016

The Waggoner Ranch, which was listed for $725 million, sells in just 18 months. – The Editors 1. SOLD! W.T. Waggoner Ranch (Texas): $725 million Stan Kroenke is the new owner of the legendary Waggoner. Bernard Uechtritz and Sam Middleton

Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Colorado, Conservation, Equestrian, Farming, Feature, Florida, Great Plains, Hunting, Kansas, Massachusetts, Midwest, New Mexico, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Water

Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Merger Creates “New Paul Bunyan”

The $8.4 billion merger of Weyerhaeuser Company with Plum Creek Timber Company created the nation’s largest private landowner, leading one analyst to label the 13-million-acre behemoth the “new Paul Bunyan.” The company, which will operate under the Weyerhaeuser name, has

Posted in Alabama, California, Feature, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oregon, Pacific, South, South Carolina, Timber, Washington, West Virginia

Saudi Dairy Increases its Western Farmland Holdings

In an effort to provide feed to more than 170,000 cows, Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy, Almarai Company, paid $31.8 million to acquire the 1,790-acre Ulmer Ranch near Blythe, California. The purchase follows the acquisition two years ago of 10,000 acres

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Feature, International, News Desk, Pacific, Water

800,000+ Acres Added to Conservation Reserve Program

The current enrollment was one of the most selective sign-up periods in CRP’s 30-year history. Per-acre conservation benefits were maximized, and multiple conservation priorities were targeted simultaneously. “Over the past 30 years, CRP has created major environmental improvements throughout the

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

The Land Report Spring 2016

Land Report Spring 2016

Congratulations to the 2015 Deals of the Year honorees! They include: 2015 Land Report Deal of the Year: Standing Butte Ranch (South Dakota) 2015 Deal of the Century: Waggoner Ranch (Texas) 2015 Agriculture Deal of the Year: Ulmer Ranch (California) 2015 Conservation Deal of the

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Posted in Back Issues, Great Plains, News Desk, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

Eagle Ranch Donates 3,255-Acre Easement

A Central Coast ranching family has donated a significant conservation easement on the southern half of their property to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. The Smith family has owned the Eagle Ranch for more than 50 years.

Posted in Agriculture, California, Conservation, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

Sold! Robin Williams’s Villa Sorriso Sells for $18.1 Million

Set on 653 acres, the late comedian’s estate included an olive orchard, a spring-fed pond, a nine-stall horse barn, and 18 acres of vineyard within the Mount Veeder American Viticultural Area (AVA). But it was the 22,000-squarefoot, Portuguese limestone mansion

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Equestrian, Feature, News Desk, Pacific, Residential Property

Powerful Agency Ousts Chief

The California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 to dismiss Executive Director Charles Lester on Feb. 10. The vote took place after an emotionally charged meeting in Morro Bay. Lester had held the post since 2011. According to the Associated Press, the

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Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

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