Federal Policy

Western Landowner Portrait: James Rogers, Winecup Gamble Ranch in Nevada

“To be honest, the tough conversations have made us better a landowner.” – James Rogers Text by Lesli Allison | Photography by David Packer and JD Hunter Sprawling across the very heart of buckaroo country, the Winecup Gamble Ranch encompasses

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Nevada, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Water, West

$266 Million Native American Agriculture Fund Established

In 1999, nearly 900 Native Americans brought suit against the federal government, claiming that the Department of Agriculture systematically discriminated against them in loan programs dating as far back as 1981. Eleven years later, the federal government settled the lawsuit

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

The Cowboy State Rules!

According to the Tax Foundation, Wyoming takes top honors for the lowest taxes nationwide. – Eric O’Keefe 1. NO INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX Only six states in the Union shun a personal income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, and

Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Taxes, West, Wyoming

Stable Farmland Values Trump Falling Commodity Prices

Year-over-year farmland values in the Corn Belt are holding steady; however, in the most recent quarter, an uptick in Iowa and in Wisconsin pulled overall values in the Seventh District into positive territory for 2018. – The Editors NATIONAL —

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

EPA Declares Biomass Carbon Neutral

In a major policy shift that benefits timberland owners, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced that biomass will be considered carbon neutral for the purposes of regulating emissions from sources such as power plants that burn wood. Biomass proponents hailed the

Posted in Conservation, Energy, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Timber

Private Land Seizures Underway in Rio Grande Valley

McAllen Mayor Jim Darling reports that 167 landowners in Hidalgo County have received condemnation notices from the federal government. The notices arrived as Customs and Border Protection personnel informed South Texas officials from cities, counties, and foreign trade zones along

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

Supreme Court Rules 5-4 in Florida v. Georgia

A divided court gives Florida another opportunity to draw more water out of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basin and away from Atlanta. A decades-long legal battle that has thus far incurred more than $100 million in legal fees took an unexpected turn

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

Land Report June 2018 Newsletter

In our June newsletter, the long arm of the law takes center stage: The Supreme Court hands Florida a win over Georgia in a water dispute In Texas, private land seizures have begun as the administration builds its border wall

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Energy, Farming, Federal Policy, International, Midwest, Minerals, News Desk, Newsletter, Northeast, Public Land, Recreation, Southwest, Taxes, Timber, Water, West

The Land Report Rockies 2018

Celebrate the Western Landowner with our 2018 Rockies issue! Landowner Roundup: Daunting obstacles and collaborative solutions are the hallmarks of these four ranching operations. Lesli Allison reports from Arizona, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada. Yellowstone Club: Join Corinne Garcia for a

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Posted in Agriculture, Arizona, Auctions, Back Issues, Bankruptcy, Cattle, Colorado, Conservation, Developers, Energy, Farming, Federal Policy, Hunting, Idaho, Minerals, Montana, Nevada, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Southwest, West, Wyoming

Oregon Judge Orders Teenager to Pay $36 Million in Restitution for Starting Massive Wildfire in 2017

More than 48,000 acres were torched after a 15-year old tossed a firecracker and ignited last year’s deadly Eagle Creek Fire. A total of 11 claims were submitted, ranging from $8,111.14 by Allstate Insurance to more than $21 million in

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

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