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Sonoma County Landowners Fined More than $500,000 for Violating Conservation Easement

Peter and Toni Thompson were not parties to the 2009 conservation easement that restricted development on their wine country estate. As subsequent owners of the 81-acre property, however, they were bound by it. So ruled Sonoma County Superior Court Judge

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Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

The SMS Brand

An energetic Swede, SVANTE MAGNUS SWENSON established a 680,000-acre ranching empire north of Abilene. Texas history brims with rags to riches stories, but few can vie with the life and times of Svante “Sven” Swenson (1816—1896). A Swedish immigrant who

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas

69,126-Acre Front Range Ranch Lists for $16.5 Million

Red Top Ranch, one of Colorado’s best known cattle operations, has been listed with Ken Mirr of Mirr Ranch Group for approximately $238 per deeded acre. Currently owned by the Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation, the ranch was owned by

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Hunting, News Desk, West

Big Blue Expands Its Farming Footprint

IBM announced that it is developing a digital farming platform that will provide farm operators actionable recommendations to enhance crop yields. The technology pioneer will develop the platform in conjunction with Yara International, a Norwegian chemical company that specializes in

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, News Desk

New York’s Columbia and Pea Islands Listed for $13 Million

The term “coastal estate” does not do justice to a new listing in Long Island Sound. The two rock outcroppings are accessible via a 10-minute boat ride from the New York City suburb of New Rochelle. Alternatively, they are a

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Posted in Feature, New York, News Desk, Northeast, Recreation, Water

Missouri Regulators Approve Sale of Grain Belt Express Clean Line

In June, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved the acquisition of a proposed transmission line that will harness wind energy generated in Kansas and deliver it to urban markets. This regulatory hurdle is the latest in a lengthy series of

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Posted in Energy, Feature, Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, News Desk

Industry Update: Growing a New Brand

Whitetail Properties partners with Williams & Williams to form RANCH AND FARM AUCTIONS. – Cary Estes Whitetail Properties knows land, particularly recreational land. After barely a decade in business, the Illinois-based real estate company already has surpassed more than $1

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Posted in Auctions, Feature, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Hunting, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Recreation, South, Southwest, West

Blackfeet National Park to be Studied

A feasibility study is being prepared for Montana’s Blackfeet Nation regarding the development of a national park on tribal lands bordering Glacier National Park. Although many specifics remain to be determined, the development of such a parkland could potentially generate

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Feature, Montana, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, West

Land Report Case Study: Hearst Ranch

Thinking outside the box landed this California beef producer’s entire herd inside Whole Foods. BY HENRY CHAPPELL PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD FIELD LEVINE, STEVE MILLER + ALEXANDER VERTIKOFF The Piedra Blanca Rancho lords over the Pacific roughly halfway between San Francisco

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Henry Chappell, Pacific

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

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