Federal Policy

Tenth District Farmland Values Weaken

Conditions for farm credit in the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District worsened in the third quarter of 2019 in spite of a modest price increase in various commodities. Other support, including government payments and loan repayment rates, likewise declined, though it

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, News Desk, Oklahoma, West, Wyoming

2020 Land Investment Expo

It wasn’t too long ago that people turned their attention to Iowa in the dead of winter roughly once every four years. But today, each and every January, you’ll see pundits, presidential hopefuls, economists, entrepreneurs and reality TV stars in

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Federal Policy, Iowa, Midwest, News Desk

Land Report December 2019 Newsletter

Highlights from our December newsletter include: A federal judge in El Paso blocked $3.6 billion in border wall funding. The Obamas close on a 29-acre estate in Martha’s Vineyard for $11.75 million. Ikea acquires 42,000 acres of Texas timberland and

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Posted in Conservation, Estates, Federal Policy, Massachusetts, News Desk, Newsletter, Northeast, Oklahoma, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas, Timber

DOJ and DOD Prepare to Condemn Private Lands for Border Wall

NBC News reports that administration officials are preparing the requisite court filings in Texas that will facilitate the condemnation of the private property necessary to construct the border wall. In a departure from typical eminent domain cases, however, the Declaration

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas

America’s National Mammal Returns to Badlands Habitat for the First Time in More Than a Century

Thanks to a land swap involving the 22,000-acre Don Kelly Ranch, bison have returned to portions of South Dakota’s Badlands for the first time since the 1870s. Engineered by the US Forest Service and the World Wildlife Fund among others,

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, News Desk, Public Land, South Dakota

Waters of the United States Repealed

The Environmental Protection Agency is repealing an Obama ruling that expanded the definition of the “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced that not only was the 2015

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Water

Let’s Make A Deal

Over the last two decades, water levels in the nation’s largest man-made reservoir, Lake Mead, have fallen to the point that it is at 39 percent of capacity. A similar plight faces the nation’s second largest reservoir, Lake Powell. Drought

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Posted in Agriculture, Arizona, California, Feature, Federal Policy, Nevada, New Mexico, News Desk, Pacific, Southwest, Water, West

Landmark Eminent Domain Ruling

by Cary Estes Landowners no longer will be fenced in by state decisions when it comes to eminent domain cases thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling. By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled in Knick v. Township of

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

The Land Report Rockies 2019

Land Report 2019 Rockies Issue

Go West! According to the Census Bureau, more and more Americans are moving out West. Hence, the focus of this special issue. In addition to a closer look at this compelling demographic trend, our Rockies special issue also feature these

Posted in Agriculture, Back Issues, Cattle, Colorado, Conservation, Farming, Federal Policy, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Southwest, Timber, Utah, West

Food for Thought: Hemp

Written by Lisa Martin AT PRESS TIME, only nine states – Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas – ban the cultivation of hemp, a resilient row crop that thrives in unamended soil and requires minimal

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy

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