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Land Report 2015 Deal of the Year: Standing Butte Ranch

An extraordinary swath of Great Plains native prairie was days away from going to auction. Then Ted Turner stepped up. Like the American bison itself, the pristine prairie that nurtured this magnificent beast has long been in danger of extinction.

Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, South Dakota

Corn Belt Sees Consecutive Annual Declines

The Seventh District registers back-to-back drops in farmland values for the first time since the mid-1980s. NATIONAL — TREND Two factors put downward pressure on row crops in 2015: record (or near-record) harvests; and the strong dollar, which slowed exports.

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

2015 Land Report Aspen Summit

Leading landowners, industry experts, and thought leaders gathered at the Aspen Institute to discuss key issues facing private landowners and to honor Colorado’s Salazar family, The Land Report’s 2015 Legacy Landowners. – Photography by Aubree Dallas Groves of quaking aspens

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Public Land, Taxes, Timber, Water, West

The Land Report Top Ten: Spring 2016

The Waggoner Ranch, which was listed for $725 million, sells in just 18 months. — The Editors 1. SOLD! W.T. Waggoner Ranch (Texas): $725 million Stan Kroenke is the new owner of the legendary Waggoner. Bernard Uechtritz and Sam Middleton

Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Colorado, Conservation, Equestrian, Farming, Feature, Florida, Great Plains, Hunting, Kansas, Massachusetts, Midwest, New Mexico, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Water

Historic Greenwood Plantation Finds A New Owner

Emily “Paddy” Vanderbilt Wade purchased 4,000 acres of the Greenwood Plantation from the Whitney family for $22 million. Located near Thomasville, Georgia, this quail-hunting mecca features 1,200 acres of carefully managed old-growth forest known as the Big Woods. Wade owns

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Georgia, News Desk, South

Three-Peat for Bezos

Amazon.com founder moves even closer to offering aspiring astronauts the trip of a lifetime. A Far West Texas ranch has gone from running steers to racing to the forefront in the next chapter in manned space flight. As of April

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Southwest, Texas

Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Merger Creates “New Paul Bunyan”

The $8.4 billion merger of Weyerhaeuser Company with Plum Creek Timber Company created the nation’s largest private landowner, leading one analyst to label the 13-million-acre behemoth the “new Paul Bunyan.” The company, which will operate under the Weyerhaeuser name, has

Posted in Alabama, California, Feature, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oregon, Pacific, South, South Carolina, Timber, Washington, West Virginia

Saudi Dairy Increases its Western Farmland Holdings

In an effort to provide feed to more than 170,000 cows, Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy, Almarai Company, paid $31.8 million to acquire the 1,790-acre Ulmer Ranch near Blythe, California. The purchase follows the acquisition two years ago of 10,000 acres

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Feature, International, News Desk, Pacific, Water

Land Report June 2016 Newsletter

Transactions worth tens of millions highlight our June newsletter: Bill Koch’s Elk Mountain Lodge outside of Aspen is back on the market. The State of Wyoming agrees to sell two tracts to Uncle Sam for $46 million apiece. A $100 million

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Hunting, News Desk, Newsletter, Public Land, Recreation, South, Southwest, Timber, West

Kroenke Ranches Acquires Waggoner

Established in 1849, the Waggoner Ranch spans six Texas counties and covers almost 800 square miles. The 510,527-acre ranch’s asking price was $725 million; no terms were disclosed. “This is an incredible opportunity and an even greater responsibility,” said Kroenke

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Farming, Feature, Hunting, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas, Water

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