Federal Policy

Border Fence Spikes Demand for Appraisers

670 miles. That’s the distance along the U.S.-Mexico border that the Department of Homeland Security wants to cordon off with its 18-foot-high border fence. The sheer size of this massive undertaking and the number of property owners already disputing the

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Regional News, Southwest

Pinon Canyon: “One Colossal Land Grab”

Folks in Southern Colorado don’t trust the Army. And with good reason. In 1983, when the Department of Defense established the 500-square-mile Pinon Canon Maneuver Site (PCMS), the Army acquired almost half the 285,000 acres by using eminent domain. It

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Posted in 2008 Fall, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: Under Fire Again

Fire destroyed Mack Louden’s century-old Marty Feeds building in Trinidad on September 15. Louden, a local rancher who has been spearheading opposition to Fort Carson’s proposed expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, had insurance on just a portion of the property.

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: The Fight Goes to the Hill

The U.S. Senate is close to approving a $72 billion military construction budget that would effectively prevent the Army from spending any money to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site for another year. But opponents of the expansion are by no

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: Colorado Senator Ken Salazar Feels the Heat

Pressure from grassroots opponents of the U.S. Army’s attempt to seize 420,000 acres of privately-owned land in southeast Colorado is starting to produce some results in Washington. While he’s been a lukewarm supporter of Colorado ranchers in their fight with the

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: A Closer Look

For more than a year The Land Report has been tracking the largest proposed seizure of private property by the federal government in modern history: the Battle for Pinon Canyon. It pits ranchers in southeast Colorado against an opponent that’s not used to losing

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Posted in Cattle, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Trey Garrison, West

Mexico Opposes Ethanol

As we’ve seen over the last few months, skyrocketing commodity prices are pushing land values to record levels. They are also squeezing cattlemen and other producers who rely on corn and other grains to fatten livestock and poultry. One of

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, International, News Desk, Southwest

Max Baucus Out to Ax Timber Tax

Timber sales are typically taxed at the standard 15 percent capital gain rate. Yet timber companies typically pay the standard 35 percent corporate tax rate. This quirk in the tax law has led many timber companies including Plum Creek and Potlatch to restructure as

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

Corn Profits Sky High

Corn revenues could easily surpass $40 billion in the United States this year as farmers rush to take advantage of rising interest in ethanol,  according to a recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Posted in Agriculture, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, South, Southwest, West

Idaho Ranchers Challenge Taylor Grazing Act

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2007 When the U.S. Supreme Court convened in October, the men (and woman) in black did not discuss landowner water rights. And for a pair of longtime Idaho ranchers—and perhaps other landowners—no news might mean

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Posted in Cattle, Federal Policy, Joseph Guinto, News Desk, Regional News, Topics, West

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