Federal Policy

Land Report June 2014 Newsletter

Too many items to discuss in the June 2014 Newsletter. Among the high points? A major judicial decision that will impact landowners nationwide. Rising beef prices and increased crop yields continue to stoke land values. And a first look at the

Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Bankruptcy, Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Energy, Farming, Federal Policy, Hunting, Newsletter, Northeast, Public Land, Residential Property, Southwest, Taxes, Water, West

Supreme Court Sides with Landowner in Rails-to-Trails Case

Throughout the 19th century, Congress would spur track expansion by granting tracts of land and other property rights to private railroad operators. These days, however, more tracks are getting torn up than put down. In many instances, this causes certain

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

Land Report May 2014 Newsletter

A diverse group of news items are featured in our May newsletter. You’ll recognize the name of one of the all-time great rock and rollers as well a former Presidential hopeful. May I add that there was a teeny tiny transaction

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Conservation, Energy, Federal Policy, Florida, Land Report Top 10, Massachusetts, Minerals, Newsletter, Northeast, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Timber, West

Water Policy: Decision in Everglades Case

In March, U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas of New York ruled that pumping water out of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to irrigate farms and then pumping nutrient-laden water back into the lake violates the Clean Water Act. Groups such as

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Federal Policy, Florida, News Desk, South, Water

Land Report April 2014 Newsletter

The importance of land to our society – as a resource, a common theme, and a point of contention – is a constant source of amazement. Water policy, agricultural programs, master-planned communities – so many aspects of our day-to-day existence

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Connecticut, Farming, Federal Policy, Florida, New Mexico, Newsletter, Northeast, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Southwest, Water, West, Wyoming

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Establishes Climate Hubs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established seven regional hubs to address increasing risks from fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts. Their purpose will be to translate reams of science and research into information that ranchers, forest landowners,

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

Congress Delays Spike In Flood Insurance Premiums

Our elected representatives made a decision to delay an even tougher decision. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Congressional maneuvering will delay the implementation of higher premiums required by new and more accurate flood maps. The increased costs will

Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest

Renewable Debacle

1.2 million acres of grassland have been plowed under, one of the many unwelcome byproducts of the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard. Green energy. It sounds so environmentally friendly, so ecosensitive, so … green. What’s not to like about a fuel

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Posted in Corinne Garcia, Feature, Federal Policy, Midwest

Commission Ruling Baffles Timber Industry

A coalition of six U.S. plywood companies has until mid-February to decide whether to keep up the legal fight to have federal regulators step in and put a stop to what the coalition calls unfair Chinese “dumping” on the domestic

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Northeast, South, Timber

Supreme Court Sides With Landowners

In Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the high court finds it unconstitutional to use the permitting process as a tool of extortion. When Coy Koontz filed an application for a permit to develop 3.7 acres of a

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Florida, News Desk, South, Water

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