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Agriculture Sector Endures Second Straight Annual Decline

The Department of Agriculture is projecting that 2015 will mark another down year for American farmers and ranchers with agricultural sector production projected to fall 9.2 percent to $427 billion. Contributing factors include increased global competition and a slowdown in

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Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Merger to Create World’s Largest Timber Company

The massive timber giant will own 13 million acres. The proposed $8.3 billion transaction, which both boards of directors approved unanimously, would constitute the largest private ownership of land in the U.S. The combined entity will retain the Weyerhaeuser name.

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2014 Land Report Best Brokerage: Land and Wildlife

Land and Wildlife www.landandwildlife.com (800) 535-6007 2014 Sales: $50 – $100 Million Who: Now operating in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska with a focus on large tracts of land, ranches, timber tracts, recreational properties, vineyards, and resorts. Wow: The $16.75 million

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U.S. Interior, Justice Departments to Settle with Tribes

The United States Department of the Interior along with the Department of Justice have agreed to a proposed $940 million settlement to resolve a quarter-century-old legal dispute with Native American tribes. At issue: costs for programs the federal government mandated

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2014 Land Report Best Brokerage: LandVest

LandVest www.landvest.com (617) 723-1800 2014 Sales: > $500 Million Who: “LandVest’s brokerage business manages the disposition, planning, and marketing of investment-grade timberland properties on behalf (and to) institutional investors and high-net-worth families. We specialize in the largest and most complex

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US Farm Trust Closes $300 Million Fund

Institutional investors back privately held REIT. San Antonio-based US Farm Trust announced on Aug. 13 that it has closed on over $300 million in commitments from institutional investors. The real estate investment trust (REIT) was established to acquire and manage

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2014 Land Report Best Brokerage: AFM Land Sales

AFM Land Sales www.afmlandsales.com (704) 527-6780 2014 Sales: > $500 Million Who: Providing brokerage and expert acquisition analysis of timberland, recreational farmland, hunting plantations, and conservation properties. Wow: A $78 million sale that included properties in the Pacific Northwest and

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Job Growth in Agriculture Sector Outpaces Graduates

Each year an average of 57,900 job openings are created in agriculture and renewable natural resources, yet only 35,400 college degrees in agricultural-related fields are awarded in the U.S. This leaves a shortfall of 22,500 positions. According to the USDA,

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2013 Land Report Best Brokerage: Knipe Land Company

Knipe Land Company www.knipeland.com (208) 345-3163 2013 Sales: $50 – $100 Million Who: With roots dating all the way back to 1944, Knipe Land specializes in farms, ranches, and other agriculture properties as well as exclusive recreational properties in Idaho,

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Equestrian, Farming, Feature, Hunting, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Recreation, Residential Property, Washington, Water, West

Productive Ag Land Piques International Investors

The Economist is reporting that broad demographic trends are driving more and more investors, including sovereign funds, to consider investments related to ag land and increased productivity. “Institutional investors such as pension funds see farmland as fertile ground to plough,

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