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Harvard Takes $1 Billion Writedown

Businessweek reports that Harvard bet the farm in Brazil – and lost. The managers of the nation’s largest university endowment made a substantial investment in a sprawling agricultural development in Northeastern Brazil. According to one analyst, Harvard’s top money managers

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Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Massachusetts, News Desk, Northeast

SOLD! Manhattan Hedge Fund Acquires 11,000 Acres from Rayonier in Two Tranches for $39.8 Million

First Coast Land and Timber has purchased more than 17 square miles of timberland in Northeast Florida from Rayonier, the nation’s third-largest timber REIT. The first tranche, which closed in December, totaled 4,000 acres, and the second tranche, which closed

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

Forest Service Adds Key Tract to Bridger-Teton National Forest

The Trust for Public Land sold the 990-acre Upper Gros Ventre River Ranch to the USFS for $3 million. The previous owner, former Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl, donated the property to the trust. The ranch sits immediately north of the

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, News Desk, West, Wyoming

California Landowner Faces 140 Potential State and Federal Violations

An anonymous tip helped California wildlife officers uncover the worst instance of raptor poaching in state history. Investigators discovered an extraordinary number of rapture carcasses, other dead birds, and wildlife on an 80-acre property belonging to Richard Parker. The 67-year-old

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Posted in California, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, News Desk, Pacific

Broward County to Pay $42 Million to Acquire 38-Acre Palm Tree Farm Next to Fort Lauderdale Airport

Commissioners agree to mediated settlement with family of Florida Congressman Clay Shaw over negative impact of new runway at Fort Lauderdale Airport. When Broward County decided to expand the Fort Lauderdale Airport, adjacent landowners soon found themselves waterlogged. The culprit?

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Florida, News Desk, Public Land, South, Water

Journal Readers Select Hall and Hall Listing as House of the Year

The votes are in: 121,544 Wall Street Journal readers cast their ballots online, and Montana’s Dancing Wind Ranch, listed by Jim Taylor of Hall and Hall, took top honors as the newspaper’s House of the Year. The results were announced

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Montana, News Desk, Residential Property, West

SOLD! 770-Acres of Nebraska Farmland Go For $1.75 Million

Single Bigger Acquires Prime Waterfowl Tract Along North Platte Thirty-one bidders registered for the auction of 770 acres located four miles west of Sutherland; more than 100 attended the January 30 sale. The acreage was offered in four parcels, including

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Nebraska, News Desk, Recreation, Water

Corn Belt Ag Values Edge Slightly Higher in 2017

The Chicago Fed reports that a three-year slide in farmland values in the Seventh Federal Reserve District has come to an end. According to senior business economist David Oppedahl, an annual increase of 1 percent in nominal terms was recorded

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, News Desk, Ohio

SOLD! One of the Most Remarkable Landscapes in the Front Range Acquired by Douglas County

Ken Mirr of Mirr Ranch Group brokers $18.75 million transaction featuring “one of the most remarkable landscapes in the Front Range.” Almost a decade has passed since Sandstone Ranch first appeared on The Land Report’s radar screen. At the time

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Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, West

SOLD! Farmland LP to Acquire Weidert Farm

The sustainable farmland investment fund beat out all comers to acquire Weidert Farm, a 6,000-acre agricultural powerhouse in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley. “We appreciate the strong interest Weidert Farm garnered from investors and local farmers,” said Peoples Company President Steve

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Pacific, Washington

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