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SOLD! Cherokee Nation to Buy Will Roger’s Ranch

In November, the Cherokee Nation purchased Roger’s birthplace from the Oklahoma Historical Society. The 162-acre property situated in Oologah (35 miles north of Tulsa) includes a ranch-style home converted into a museum that depicts life on a 19th-century ranch in

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, News Desk, Oklahoma, Southwest

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

Water Futures Start Trading Amid Growing Fears of Scarcity

Futures linked to the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index began trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in early December, representing a whole new way to buy water. Amid concerns about climate change and resource scarcity in a state that uses

Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Equities, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Pacific, Water

New Zealand Couple Shuns Developers

Despite lucrative offers for their 2,200-acre heritage farming property, Dick and Jillian Jardine donated the land in November to the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. Situated on New Zealand’s South Island in the Central Lakes Region, the scenic land had

Posted in Conservation, Feature, International, News Desk

Federal Land Idling Program at Lowest Level Since 1988

The program includes the voluntary Conservation Reserve, which gives landowners annual rent payments for fragile farmland that has idled for a decade or more. A 2018 expansion hasn’t caught on with landowners according to Successful Farming, which estimates a net

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, News Desk, Water

Land Investment Expo Set for January 12

Online or in person, get ready to attend the 2021 Land Expo in downtown Des Moines. BY CARY ESTES Iowa has long been fertile ground for both farm policy and national politics. This has been especially true since 1972, when

Posted in Agriculture, Cary Estes, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, Iowa, News Desk

The Sweetest of Deals

SOLD! A broad coalition rallies to preserve a beloved COLORADO landmark. By Cary Estes | Photography by Todd Winslow Pierce The path to commercial development of Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake took a detour down Memory Lane as a nostalgia- fueled community

Posted in Cary Estes, Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Public Land, Recreation, Water, West

Land Report December 2020 Newsletter

PotlatchDeltic and The Conservation Fund have collaborated to maximize shareholder value and preserve more than 200,000 acres of Minnesota timberland. Our December newsletter features their latest transaction, a 72,000-acre sale valued at $48 million ($666 per acre). Other reads include:

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Posted in News Desk, Newsletter

Collins-Modoc Reforestation Project Announced

In partnership with RenewWest, Collins will plant two million trees on 10,000 acres of the Modoc Plateau in Northern California, becoming the largest single-site carbon-focused reforestation project in US history. The goal is to improve land that hasn’t yet recovered

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

Leading Harvest Receives Walton Family Foundation Grant

The award supports a pilot program in the Upper Mississippi River Watershed with the goal of removing barriers, accelerating sustainability certification, and jumpstarting market opportunities for producers. The funding advances Leading Harvest’s Farm Management Standard program, which addresses everything from

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Midwest, Mississippi, News Desk, Water

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