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Land Report September 2018 Newsletter

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates paid $171 million in August to acquire 14,500 acres of farmland owned by John Hancock Life Insurance Company in one of the most coveted agricultural regions of Washington. The lofty purchase price eclipsed April’s $136 million

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Farming, News Desk, Newsletter, Oregon, Pacific, South, Southwest, Timber, Washington

Farmland Values Nationwide Reach Record Level

National Agricultural Statistics Service’s annual survey features upward move of almost 2 percent to $3,140 per acre. U.S. farm real estate value — a measurement of the value of all land and structures on farms — averaged $3,140 per acre

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, News Desk

SOLD! Osterhouse Ranch, an 1,874-acre Component of Colorado’s Cross Mountain Ranch, Sells!

This 1,874-acre component of Colorado’s Cross Mountain Ranch sold this summer. Known as the Osterhouse Ranch, the 3-square-mile property lies within the coveted Williams Fork River Valley and is adjacent to the Routt National Forest. Prior to the closing, the

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Feature, News Desk, Recreation, West

Western Landowner Portrait: Mike and Tom Page, Big Creek Ranch in Idaho

Text by Lesli Allison | Photography by Ilona McCarty “I look at the public lands as a huge asset, assuming you take the time to understand how they work and get to know the people involved.” — Tom Page Start

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Idaho, Water, West

Preservation Tax Breaks Questioned

A Napa County grand jury has questioned millions of dollars in tax breaks that were doled out to preserve wine country farmland with little chance of being developed. Passed in 1965, California’s Williamson Act seeks to ease the financial challenges

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

Western Landowner Portrait: Sarah King, Anvil Ranch in Arizona

Text by Lesli Allison | Photography by Sarah King, Heidi Crnkovic, and Ziemba Photographic Daily challenges have always been inherent to ranching in the West and there are no shortages of them in the Altar Valley, located south of Tucson

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Posted in Agriculture, Arizona, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Southwest

On the Block: 23-Acre Red Lodge Creek Estate in Montana

A 23-acre estate that includes a tributary of the Yellowstone River will be auctioned by Hall and Hall Auctions on August 30 at the property in Red Lodge, Montana. The acreage includes a 5,152-square-foot custom home that was built in

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Montana, News Desk, Residential Property, West

SOLD! Colorado’s Grizzly Ranch Sells for $18.5 Million

High country North Park livestock operation includes 8,686 deeded acres and 18,000 acres of BLM and State of Colorado leases. An assemblage of three mountain ranches with a carrying capacity of 1,500 cow-calf pairs or 5,000 yearlings sold for $18.5

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Residential Property, Water, West

Looking Back at Bill Moore

As the 20th century came to a close, one of the iconic ranches of the American West — the Broken O — was in the midst of a renaissance. And the driving force was a retiree. OK — Bill Moore

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Montana, West

2017 Ranks As Second-Worst Year for Tropical Tree Cover Loss

Scientists from the World Resources Institute and the University of Maryland have determined that last year was the second-worst year for tropical tree cover loss, exceeded only by 2016. An area equivalent in size to Bangladesh — approximately 39 million

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Timber

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