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Equestrian Roundup: Florida’s Payson Park

Over the years Virginia Kraft Payson’s adventures have ranged from hunting wild game to piloting hot-air balloons, to sports fishing and dog sled competitions. But the owner of Florida’s Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center in Indiantown is perhaps best known

Posted in Equestrian, Feature, Florida, Nancy Myers, South

Land Report 2013 Legacy Landowners: Rose Lane & Chuck Leavell | Charlane Plantation

For three decades, this Georgia couple has practiced what they preached on their cherished plantation, sharing the gospel of stewardship with those they welcome onto their land and the many they meet on their global sojourns. The Land Report is

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Georgia, Interviews, South, Timber

On the Block: Virginia’s Historic Natural Bridge

More than 239 years ago, King George III granted 157 acres of this Shenandoah Valley land to Thomas Jefferson for 20 shillings. Today, the landmark Virginia Natural Bridge north of Roanoke has grown in scope and prestige alongside America itself.

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Posted in Auctions, Feature, News Desk, South, Virginia

Supreme Court Sides With Landowners

In Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the high court finds it unconstitutional to use the permitting process as a tool of extortion. When Coy Koontz filed an application for a permit to develop 3.7 acres of a

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Florida, News Desk, South, Water

Farmland Values Spike in Midwest and Mid-South

Second-quarter numbers trend higher in the Eighth Federal Reserve District, which includes all of Arkansas and portions of Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. — The Editors Using responses from 48 agricultural banks, the St. Louis Fed presented its

Posted in Agriculture, Arkansas, Cattle, Feature, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Midwest, Mississippi, Missouri, News Desk, South, Tennessee

Bumper Corn Crop and Worsening Prices May Come Soon

Expectations that U.S. farmers will harvest a record corn crop this year have many investors wagering that corn futures will continue to fall. Corn prices had already tumbled 37 percent by the end of September, making the grain one of

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

2013 Land Report 100

With 2.2 million acres, John Malone takes top honors for the third consecutive year. His love of land, coupled with his wife’s love of horses, led to several key acquisitions, including a historic Irish castle just south of Dublin and two properties in Wellington, the epicenter of Florida’s equestrian community.

At more than 2 million acres, Ted Turner runs a close second to his good friend. Turner enjoys the distinction of being New Mexico’s largest landowner, and he capitalized on that honor by acquiring the historic Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa in Truth or Consequences. Guests at the Lodge will be able to enjoy tours of Turner’s 156,439-acre Ladder Ranch and his 362,885-acre Armendaris Ranch.

Thanks to his acquisition of the Broken O Ranch, Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke moved up from No. 10 on last year’s list to No. 8 in the rankings. Among the newcomers to this year’s list are Texas’s Wilks Brothers, founders of Frac Tech. Their prized jewel is Montana’s 60,000-acre N Bar Ranch, which they acquired from former Land Report 100er Tom Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems. Another new name on the list is Arthur Nicholas, who serves on the board of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Nicholas is the owner of Wyoming’s historic Wagonhound Land and Livestock Co., which is the subject of a new book by Land Reporters Wyman Meinzer and Henry Chappell.

We invite you to be among the first to view the complete rundown of America’s top landowners, which is available exclusively on the Fay Ranches website. Click here to download your PDF today.

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Posted in Agriculture, Back Issues, Cattle, Conservation, Energy, Equestrian, Farming, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Hunting, Midwest, Minerals, Northeast, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, South, Southwest, Timber, Water, West

New Tax Law Impacts Estate Planning

While the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) primarily addressed income taxes, the new rules have also put an entirely different spin on estate planning. Because of 2013 tax-exempt levels for estates, a couple’s combined estate must be worth

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Posted in Feature, Great Lakes, Great Plains, International, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, Taxes, West

Behind the 2013 Land Report 100: America’s Largest Landowners Double Down

The Land Report releases 2013 Land Report 100 presented by Fay Ranches; John Malone and Ted Turner top list of 100 biggest owners of America. Investing in rural, undeveloped land continues to be a popular strategy among the affluent, according

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Energy, Equestrian, Equities, Farming, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Hunting, International, Land Report 100, Midwest, Minerals, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, South, Southwest, Timber, Water, West

2013 Corn Harvest Set to be a Record-Breaker

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting that farmers will harvest a record corn crop of 13.8 billion bushels this fall, up 28 percent from last year and 5 percent larger than the previous record crop. Corn prices are trading

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

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