Federal Policy

Senators Grassley and Wyden Investigate “Bad Actors”

The chairman and the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee have requested information including appraisals, promotional materials, and internal documents from 14 individuals involved in a tax avoidance scheme known as a syndicated easement. The IRS and the Justice

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Taxes

Monsanto Liable for Non-Hodgin’s Lymphoma, Ordered to Pay $80 Million

The popular weed killer Roundup was on the losing end of another major decision in federal court. A six member jury in San Francisco found that Monsanto failed to include a label on the weed killer warning of the risk

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Posted in California, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific

Court Orders Austrian Government to Pay $1.7 Million to Owner of Der Führer’s Childhood Home

After trying (and failing) for decades to negotiate the purchase of Adolph Hitler’s birthplace with its owners, the Austrian government expropriated the home in 2016 for 310,000 euros, reports The New York Times. Gerlinde Pommer, a descendant of the owners

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, International

Land Report March 2019 Newsletter

Spring has sprung, and with it has come pricing adjustments on several legacy properties currently on the market. Our March newsletter details these updates, including: Colorado’s Cross Mountain Ranch Northern California’s Lone Pine Ranch Southern California’s Mountain of Beverly Hills

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Colorado, Conservation, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Midwest, News Desk, Newsletter, Northeast, Pacific, West

SOLD! Dole Sells 2,900 Acres to Reforestation Effort

Spread across mountains and fields in Central Oahu are nearly 2,900 acres that are now known as the Helemano Wilderness Project. Hawaii News Now reports that the land was purchased for $15 million from Dole Food Company by half a

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Hawaii, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, Water

Federal Judge Scolds Interior Department

A federal judge in North Carolina made permanent a temporary injunction against the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s shoot-to-kill authorization on wolves in the wild. The ruling protects the American red wolf, which conservationists predict is headed for extinction. According

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, News Desk, North Carolina, South

Supreme Court Rules for Landowners 8-0

November 27 decision in Weyerhaeuser v. US Fish and Wildlife requires that habitat be present for Critical Habitat Designation. The case concerns about 1,500 acres in Louisiana that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated as a critical habitat for

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Louisiana, News Desk, South, Timber

Cash Crunch Squeezes Farm Operators

Farmland values in the Tenth District dropped an average of 3 percent, according to the Kansas City Fed’s Ag Credit Survey. Blame it on decreased farm income, which fell for the fifth consecutive year. —The Editors The Kansas City Fed

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

Land Report November 2018 Newsletter

Our Investing Issue takes center stage in our November newsletter, which also includes Election Night results affecting landowners as well as major transactions: Colorado voters give a thumbs down to more extensive drilling setbacks. Voters in Park City, Utah, green-light

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Federal Policy, Hunting, Minerals, Newsletter, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Water, West

Supreme Court Declines Coastal Act Case

A decade-long legal battle by Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla over private property rights versus public coastal access ended this month when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, reports the Los Angeles Times. Central to the dispute: a

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Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land

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