Federal Policy

Fish & Wildlife Service Proposes Rule Defining Habitat

This landmark development will impact the listing of endangered and threatened species. The agency’s proposed definition aligns with the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which held that an area may only

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Newsletter, Public Land

The Conservation Fund Acquires Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake

The 488-acre purchase of one of Colorado’s largest natural lakes means the water and surrounding terrain will fall under federal protection thanks in part to the Great American Outdoors Act, which the Senate passed on June 17. Once approved by

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Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Water, West

Burger King Wins Dismissal of Vegan Lawsuit

US District Judge Raag Singhal tossed out a lawsuit that accused the fast-food giant of deception when it came to the preparation of its “Impossible Whopper.” A group of seven plaintiffs initiated the class action back in November. They alleged

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk

Bearing the Brunt

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court ruling that maintains federal protection for grizzly bears in the 22.5-million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. BY TODD WILKINSON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY THOMAS MANGELSEN The recovery of grizzlies in the

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Idaho, Montana, Public Land, West, Wyoming

Congress Passes Great American Outdoors Act

The bipartisan effort represents the largest investment in public lands in more than a half century. The legislation would fund in its entirety a conservation program known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has languished since its creation

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk

Land Report July 2020 Newsletter

Highlights from our July newsletter include: Australia’s Forrest family acquires two cattle stations totaling more than 500,000 acres. The Conservation Fund acquires 15,408-acre Chadbourne Tree Farms in Maine. Burger King Prevails in court, wins dismissal of vegan lawsuit. For up-to-the-minute reports on

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Posted in Agriculture, Alabama, Auctions, Cattle, Conservation, Federal Policy, Florida, Georgia, International, Kentucky, Maine, News Desk, Newsletter, Northeast, South, Tennessee

Agriculture Department Guarantees $1 Billion in Loans for Ag Producers and Rural Businesses

On May 22, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue announced the move while reaffirming the Trump administration’s commitment to helping farmers and other rural businesses survive during the coronavirus pandemic. Going forward, USDA will offer 90 percent guarantees on Business & Industry

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk

CARES Act Directs $49 Billion to Agricultural Producers

From that total, the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture received $9.5 billion to roll out an array of food- and ag-related benefits. Funding includes relief for farmers affected by COVID-19 with an emphasis on specialty crop farmers and producers

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk

USDA Announces Agriculture Innovation Agenda

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the initiative seeks to align private and public sector research in order to increase US ag production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint in half by 2050. “We know we have a

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk

Excerpts from COVID-19 Conference Call

The following excerpts from a conference call with economist Mark Dotzour PhD, Peoples Company president Steve Bruere, and Land Report editor Eric O’Keefe have been edited for content and clarity. An audio file of the conversation is available at the

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Posted in Agriculture, Equities, Farming, Federal Policy, News Desk

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