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From London To The Virginia Wine Country

  Interview with Guy and Elizabeth Pelly By Christina Holbrook | Photography by Bryan Parsons “We did not know what we were doing!” Elizabeth Pelly confesses, thinking back to the decision she and her husband Guy made to move from

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Posted in Feature, Interviews, News Desk, Northeast, Virginia

2020 Wellington Land Report

Produced by brokerage Atlantic Western Realty Corporation, the report examines trends in equestrian land sales in the South Florida enclave, known as the winter equestrian capital of the world. For the first time in more than a decade, the actual

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Posted in Equestrian, Feature, Florida, News Desk, South

Land Report January 2021 Newsletter

Our January newsletter features the Land Report 100 sponsored by Hayden Outdoors. News outlets worldwide have picked up our top story: Bill Gates is America’s largest private landowner with 242,000 acres in 16 states. Other reads include: Green Diamond Resources

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Posted in News Desk, Newsletter

Midwest Farmland Values Up In the Third Quarter

The overall 2 percent rise represents the first year-over-year increase in ag land values in the past six years with Indiana and Wisconsin leading the way at 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Illinois grew 2 percent with Iowa at

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Midwest, News Desk, Wisconsin

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

The cofounder of Microsoft ranks as America’s largest private farmland owner. By Eric O’Keefe Call it a hunch, but the story did not jibe. I scanned the headline for the umpteenth time and then read and reread the pertinent details.

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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

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