Federal Policy

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

Waters of the United States Repealed

The Environmental Protection Agency is repealing an Obama ruling that expanded the definition of the “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced that not only was the 2015

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Water

Let’s Make A Deal

Over the last two decades, water levels in the nation’s largest man-made reservoir, Lake Mead, have fallen to the point that it is at 39 percent of capacity. A similar plight faces the nation’s second largest reservoir, Lake Powell. Drought

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Posted in Agriculture, Arizona, California, Feature, Federal Policy, Nevada, New Mexico, News Desk, Pacific, Southwest, Water, West

Landmark Eminent Domain Ruling

by Cary Estes Landowners no longer will be fenced in by state decisions when it comes to eminent domain cases thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling. By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled in Knick v. Township of

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land

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: 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

BLM to Move Headquarters to Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced plans to move its headquarters from Washington, DC, to Grand Junction, Colorado, so top officials can be closer to the land managed by the agency. The BLM oversees approximately 388,000 square miles of

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Posted in Colorado, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, West

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

Go West, Bureau of Land Management

According to the Interior Department, officials are scouting a new location for BLM headquarters nearer the terrain it manages: 388,000 square miles, 99 percent of which can be found in a dozen Western states. Look for an announcement in September

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Posted in Arizona, Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Idaho, New Mexico, News Desk, Public Land, Utah, West

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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