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O’Connor Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 16 O’Connor Heirs 587,800 acres By the time of his death in 1887, Irish immigrant Thomas O’Connor (1817–1887) owned half a million acres in Southeast Texas and close to 100,000 head of cattle. His philosophy? “Buy land and never

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, Southwest, Texas

Canadian Pension Fund Buys Broetje Orchards

One of largest vertically-integrated, family-owned tree-fruit farms in the PACIFIC NORTHWEST sold in December. — Eric O’Keefe Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has acquired Washington State’s Broetje Orchards. The blockbuster transaction, which included 6,175 acres of tree-fruit orchards, closed in December.

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Feature, International, News Desk, Pacific, Washington

Hamer Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 15 Hamer Family 600,000 acres Since the early 1900s, five generations of Hamers have worked in the forests of West Virginia, growing trees, harvesting timber, and running sawmills and hardwood pellet plants. In 1957, James P. Hamer was recognized

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Land Report 100, South, Timber, West Virginia

Ranchers File Antitrust Suit Against Beef Packers

R-CALF USA joined with four cattle-feeding ranchers in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming to file a class-action lawsuit against the largest US beef packers. The Big Four packers – Cargill, JBS, National Beef, and Tyson – are accused of conspiring

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Feature, Great Plains, Iowa, Kansas, Midwest, Nebraska, News Desk, Pacific, West, Wyoming

Nation’s Largest Retailer Creates End-to-End Beef Supply

Walmart’s first foray into the beef industry follows a nationwide trend toward transparency in the food supply chain. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based behemoth announced plans to source much of the Black Angus cuts it sells in 500 stores across the Southeast

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, News Desk

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

Lower 48 Virtually Drought Free

Following the wettest 12 months on record in North America, the continental US is now virtually drought-free. The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration reported that precipitation in the US from May 2018 to April 2019 topped 36 inches, shattering a

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Water

Lykes Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 14 Lykes Heirs 615,000 acres With more than half of the family acreage nestled in Glades and Highland counties in Florida, heirs of Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes (1846–1906) maintain a thriving a cow-calf operation centered on the Brangus breed.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Florida, Hunting, Land Report 100, Recreation, South, Southwest, Texas

Sold! Landmark 2,410-acre Red Hills Wild Quail Plantation Sells

Florida’s Valhalla Plantation boasts significant higher and better use potential. A historic plantation founded in 1824 and later owned by a Winn-Dixie heir sold for $13.6 million after several years on the market. Originally part of the renowned Chemonie Plantation,

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Posted in Conservation, Equestrian, Feature, Florida, Hunting, News Desk, Recreation, South

Briscoe Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 13 Briscoe Heirs 640,000 acres Former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. (1923–2010) ranked as the single largest landowner in Texas. Three generations of the Briscoe family have stewarded their 100,000-acre CATARINA RANCH in South Texas, the epicenter of the

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

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