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Land Report February 2020 Newsletter

A $30 million price reduction on Boone Pickens’ 64,809-acre Mesa Vista Ranch in the Texas Panhandle headlines our February newsletter. Other key stories include: Major revisions to WOTUS Wolf Point Golf Club Auction Lay of the Land Conference Nears Florida

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Conservation, Federal Policy, Florida, Golf, Hunting, Newsletter, Oregon, Pacific, Recreation, South, Southwest, Texas, Water

Legalization of Hemp Leads to Legal Nightmares

In Georgia, consumption of hemp and hemp products is legal, but the consumption of cannabidoil (CBD oil) is not. In North Carolina, hemp flower can be sold — except in smokable form. South Carolina allows consumption of CBD oil, but

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Posted in Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Georgia, News Desk, North Carolina, South, South Carolina

Leading Harvest Sets the Standard

A new coalition of farmland owners and operators will introduce a sustainable agriculture standard in 2020. BY CARY ESTES If Earth is our home, then the kitchen takes up half our house. According to the World Bank, 50 percent of

Posted in Agriculture, Cary Estes, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Water

Enrollment for CRP Open Until February 28

Farmers and ranchers enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program receive an annual rental payment upon planting long-term, resource-conserving species like improved grasses or trees. The goal is to mitigate soil erosion, bolster water quality, and develop wildlife habitats on marginally

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Water

Federal Judge Blocks Border Wall

On December 10, 2019 Federal District Court Judge David Briones of El Paso blocked the Trump administration’s plan to spend $3.6 billion in military funds on border barrier construction, jeopardizing his promise to erect 450 linear miles of steel fencing

Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Southwest, Texas

Tenth District Farmland Values Weaken

Conditions for farm credit in the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District worsened in the third quarter of 2019 in spite of a modest price increase in various commodities. Other support, including government payments and loan repayment rates, likewise declined, though it

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, News Desk, Oklahoma, West, Wyoming

2020 Land Investment Expo

It wasn’t too long ago that people turned their attention to Iowa in the dead of winter roughly once every four years. The password was “caucus.” But today, each and every January, you’ll see pundits, presidential hopefuls, economists, entrepreneurs and

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Posted in Agriculture, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Federal Policy, Iowa, Midwest, News Desk

Land Report December 2019 Newsletter

Highlights from our December newsletter include: A federal judge in El Paso blocked $3.6 billion in border wall funding. The Obamas close on a 29-acre estate in Martha’s Vineyard for $11.75 million. Ikea acquires 42,000 acres of Texas timberland and

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Posted in Conservation, Estates, Federal Policy, Massachusetts, News Desk, Newsletter, Northeast, Oklahoma, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas, Timber

DOJ and DOD Prepare to Condemn Private Lands for Border Wall

NBC News reports that administration officials are preparing the requisite court filings in Texas that will facilitate the condemnation of the private property necessary to construct the border wall. In a departure from typical eminent domain cases, however, the Declaration

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas

America’s National Mammal Returns to Badlands Habitat for the First Time in More Than a Century

Thanks to a land swap involving the 22,000-acre Don Kelly Ranch, bison have returned to portions of South Dakota’s Badlands for the first time since the 1870s. Engineered by the US Forest Service and the World Wildlife Fund among others,

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, News Desk, Public Land, South Dakota

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