Farming

American Soil Is Increasingly Foreign Owned

The 2013 acquisition of SMITHFIELD FOODS by WH Group included ownership of 146,000 acres of prime US farmland that now belong to the Chinese company. By Renee Wilde/WYSO American soil. Those are two words that are commonly used to stir

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, News Desk

Simplot Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 25 Simplot Family 443,091 acres Jack Simplot (1909—2008) was no ordinary potato farmer. In 1967, the Iowa native struck a deal with McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc to supply the fast-food giant with frozen french fries. With that single transaction,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals

The Land Report Rockies 2019

Land Report 2019 Rockies Issue

Go West! According to the Census Bureau, more and more Americans are moving out West. Hence, the focus of this special issue. In addition to a closer look at this compelling demographic trend, our Rockies special issue also feature these

Posted in Agriculture, Back Issues, Cattle, Colorado, Conservation, Farming, Federal Policy, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Southwest, Timber, Utah, West

Food for Thought: Solar

Written by Cary Estes What are the best ways to enhance returns on productive farmland? Perry Vieth sees several possibilities. One with a bright future is solar energy. “That’s the biggest opportunity we’re seeing right now,” says Vieth, the president

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Posted in Agriculture, Developers, Energy, Farming, Feature

Food for Thought: Hemp

Written by Lisa Martin AT PRESS TIME, only nine states – Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas – ban the cultivation of hemp, a resilient row crop that thrives in unamended soil and requires minimal

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy

Big Blue Expands Its Farming Footprint

IBM announced that it is developing a digital farming platform that will provide farm operators actionable recommendations to enhance crop yields. The technology pioneer will develop the platform in conjunction with Yara International, a Norwegian chemical company that specializes in

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Land Report Case Study: Hearst Ranch

Thinking outside the box landed this California beef producer’s entire herd inside Whole Foods. BY HENRY CHAPPELL PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD FIELD LEVINE, STEVE MILLER + ALEXANDER VERTIKOFF The Piedra Blanca Rancho lords over the Pacific roughly halfway between San Francisco

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Henry Chappell, Pacific

Land Report July 2019 Newsletter

Congratulations are in order to our 2018 Deals of the Year honorees. These standout sales are the focus of our July newsletter. They include: 2018 Deal of the Year: Wasatch Peaks Ranch 2018 Conservation Deal of the Year: Cabin Bluff

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Federal Policy, Newsletter, Pacific, South, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Utah, Washington, West

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

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

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