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SPI Acquires Seneca; Emmersons Now America’s Largest Landowners

  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ROOTS | In the first half of the 20th century, Curly Emmerson and his son, Red, planted the seeds for Sierra Pacific Industries near Lassen Peak. BY ERIC O’KEEFE Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has completed its acquisition

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Posted in News Desk, Oregon

Bill Gates: America’s Top Farmland Owner

By ERIC O’KEEFE The co-founder of Microsoft and his wife rank as America’s largest private farmland owners. Call it a hunch, but the story did not jibe. I scanned the headline for the umpteenth time and then read and reread

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Great Plains, Land Report 100, Midwest, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

Land Report Essentials: Browning Superposed

Devotees of the BROWNING SUPERPOSED will find their fealty rewarded with this sumptuous volume. By ERIC O’KEEFE In 1996, history’s best-selling over/under shotgun got its due when Krause Publications brought to market The Browning Superposed: John M. Browning’s Last Legacy

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting

Farmland Deal of the Year: California’s Cole Ranch

America’s Smallest Appellation Sells. BY ERIC O’KEEFE There’s a particular breed of wine aficionado who insists on having everything just right. Specific varietals in specific glasses. Serving temperatures not in a range but at a number: 49° for whites and

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Eric OKeefe, Estates, Feature, Pacific

Land to Table: Raw Pecans from Durham-Ellis Pecans

BY ERIC O’KEEFE Credit M.W. DURHAM SR. with creating this flagship brand a century ago. During the depths of the Great Depression, the Central Texas entrepreneur set out tables piled high with fresh pecans and paid eager locals by the

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Posted in Agriculture, Editor's Choice, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Southwest, Texas

Beneath the Blue Ridge

Rich with history, blessed by Mother Nature, and graced by a world-class location, the offering of ELDON STOCK FARM ranks as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the savvy, conservation-minded investor. By ERIC O’KEEFE Long BEFORE LEWIS AND CLARK shoved off from

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, South, West Virginia

Boone Pickens’ Mesa Vista Ranch Asking $220 Million

Two years have passed since Boone Pickens announced his intention to sell his Mesa Vista Ranch for $250 million. Known as the home of “the world’s best quail hunting,” the 64,809-acre contiguous tract was meticulously assembled and strategically enhanced by

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Dogs, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Estates, Hunting, Minerals, News Desk, Recreation, Southwest, Texas, Water

Next Steps for Treasure Hill

Park City approves open space status for landmark conservation acquisition. — Eric O’Keefe Yoga Berra would have made a world-class real estate broker. Consider the following words of wisdom from the Hall of Fame catcher: “It ain’t over till it’s

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Public Land, Recreation, Utah, West

Clint Eastwood Presents a Master Class on Stewardship at Tehama

By Eric O’Keefe Clint Eastwood Photography by Gustav Schmiege III Tehama Photography by Jason Speth Clint Eastwood is mesmerized. He puts lunch on hold and stares intently at the flat screen TV at the Saloon in the Clubhouse at Tehama.

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Posted in California, Feature, News Desk, Pacific, Residential Property

Food for Thought: Customer Connection

Each year, the Big Four – JBS, Cargill, National Beef, and Tyson – process more than 80 percent of the cattle that go to market. One of the by-products of this concentration is that many cattlemen have little or even

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Pacific

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