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Iowa Forestland: 97,000 acres Lost to Cropland, Pasture Conversion over 5 Years

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Most of woodland loss was from selloff of timber and conversation to cropland and pasture. The five year period with dramatic forest conversion was 2009-2013 which coincides with the run up in commodity prices Cites a local broker:  “High-demand woodland for hunting maybe goes for about $2,000” an acre, Tauke said. “If you had some acres and were  Read more…

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Canada Values and Protects its Farmland and Rural Communities

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In Manitoba  foreign interests are limited to 40 acres in ‘farm land’ (i.e. land outside of a city, capable of being used for farming) in order to maintain opportunities for Canadians to acquire farm land for agricultural purposes and to support the development of strong rural communities. You can read more here about the foreign  Read more…

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Bill Introduced to make Conservation Easement Tax Incentives Permanent

John Watson/Fay Ranches.  Introduced yesterday, the Conservation Easement Incentive Act is a Congressional bill that would make the Conservation Easement tax incentive permanent.   By way of background, for the fourth time in recent history, enhanced tax incentives for conservation easements have expired making it very difficult to incentivize land owners to conserve their conservation and  Read more…

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Dam Removal on U.S. Waterways Creates Tremendous Land Investment Opportunities

As “A Catalyst in Land Investment” Terraqua follows current events and trends with an eye to interpret possible positive or negative impacts on land resource values. In the case of slated dam removals along many stretches of important U.S. waterways, many private landowners along these waters benefit from the participation from increased property values created  Read more…

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Book Review: The Business of Open Space: What’s Next (Stephen J. Small)

This is the latest in the Preserving Family Lands series of Boston-based tax attorney Stephen J. Small.  Before going into private practice, Small was an attorney-advisor I the Office of Chief Counsel of the IRS in Washington D.C., where he wrote the federal income tax regulations on conservation easements. “What’s Next” is geared to land  Read more…

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EPA Proposes Clean Water Act Rule that Expands Waters EPA Regulates

Last week the EPA announced a newly proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule that expands the waters under the EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.  There were U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006 which defined waters EPA could regulate. The court in these rulings determined the EPA needs to establish a connection  Read more…

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Blue Source, The Forestland Group and Shell Complete 500,000 Tonne Carbon Offset Sale

The announcement of the 500,000-tonne carbon offset sale by Blue Source and The Forestland Group to Royal Dutch Shell is an important transaction to gain attention from landowners and land managers nationwide.  Carbon markets and other ecosystem service schemes such as wetland mitigation banking and conservation (biodiversity banking) are an integral part of the new economy  Read more…

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From Forest to Faucet

Two weeks ago I joined my associates from Legacy LandBank, Joe Kelleher and Dick Ludington, at at the 2013 University of Georgia Timberland Conference held at Amelia Island Florida,  which included a spectrum of players in the the “timberland business” comprised of 500+ participants  public and private pension funds, private investors, family offices, fund of funds, REITs, brokers and advisors,  Read more…

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Investing in the Soil Bank

“We didn’t get poor soils in one year and we won’t solve this in one year,” Investing in soil essential to good farm policy By Brian DeVore, Loon Commons  January 11, 2013 On a crisp morning in September, North Dakota farmer Gabe Brown held two handfuls of soil and searched for signs of life—theoretically not  Read more…

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Make a little money and help fish too: The latest proposal to allow Wyoming ranchers to keep streams flowing for fish

By Kelsey Dayton WyoFile  http://wyofile.com/2012/11/new-proposal-could-allow-wyo-ranchers-to-keep-streams-flowing/ Wyoming is a land of natural resources. But it isn’t the coal or natural gas that many hold most protectively. It’s water. Competition for water sometimes leads to adversarial relationships between agriculture and fishermen, yet both interests have worked for years to find areas of compromise and their efforts may  Read more…

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