Agriculture

O’Connor Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 16 O’Connor Heirs 587,800 acres By the time of his death in 1887, Irish immigrant Thomas O’Connor (1817—1887) owned half a million acres in Southeast Texas and close to 100,000 head of cattle. His philosophy? “Buy land and never

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, Southwest, Texas

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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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

Lykes Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 14 Lykes Heirs 615,000 acres With more than half of the family acreage nestled in Glades and Highland counties in Florida, heirs of Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes (1846—1906) maintain a thriving a cow-calf operation centered on the Brangus breed.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Florida, Hunting, Land Report 100, Recreation, South, Southwest, Texas

Briscoe Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 13 Briscoe Heirs 640,000 acres Former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. (1923—2010) ranked as the single largest landowner in Texas. Three generations of the Briscoe family have stewarded their 100,000-acre CATARINA RANCH in South Texas, the epicenter of the

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

Wilks Brothers: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 12 Wilks Brothers 702,367 acres FRAC TECH founders Farris and Dan Wilks own ranches in Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, and they rank as the state’s leading landowners in Montana and Idaho. At least they did at press time. Wilks

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Idaho, Land Report 100, Minerals, Montana, Oregon, Pacific, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, West

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

2017 Farm Census Released

Ninety-six percent of US farms and ranches are family owned. That’s one of the many takeaways from the USDA’s most recent Census of Agriculture based on data collected by the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk

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