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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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High Value and Specialized Land Assets – The Case for Private Marketing

There are some real estate assets that can best be marketed privately. An example would be a specialty trophy ranch, plantation offering, signature estate or other legacy property with a limited and distinct buyer pool. In this case a seller could well be advised to protect him/herself from over-exposure by using a careful, private marketing  Read more…

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The Flowchart to Building Your Perfect Fence

This informative flowchart is from Modern Farmer, http://modernfarmer.com/2014/04/kind-fence-need/ which is a good read for anyone interested in progressive  land management practices.   The right fence is the one that meets your objectives, but also doesn’t  impede natural migration of native wildlife.  For conservation lands the objective might be “no fences” or removing fencing completely.

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Midwest Deep Freeze illustrates yet another comparative advantage of Midwest Farmland Investment

The deep freeze the Midwest is experiencing illustrates just another comparative advantage of US Midwest farmland over other farmland regions in the world. Frost and the soil upheaval that results, is a great benefit because it mitigates soil compaction. Soil compaction can significantly reduce farm income and yields. Compacted soils have less oxygen in the  Read more…

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Book Review: Investor’s Guide to Farmland

Book Review – Investor’s Guide to Farmland Authors: Greyson S. Colvin and T. Marc Schober I represent investors in U.S. land transactions, and read Investor’s Guide to Farmland in an effort to hone my personal farmland investment IQ; and also, to provide my clients with an investor friendly but sophisticated introduction to the asset class.  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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Field Notes on U.S. Farmland Investment

Articles over the past several years have quoted gifted seers like Warren Buffet, Jim Rogers, Jeremy Grantham and Marc Faber with a positive outlook on the long term fundamentals of U.S. farmland.  But this is not a business or asset class for the non-specialist to jump in feet first.  In this market I see some  Read more…

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Ranchland, Farmland and Timberland Management For Biodiversity will also Boost and Diversify Revenues for the Long Haul

Following is an excellent article, The Practical Side of Biodiversity, by David Pratt, ranch management consultant, that does a good job of explaining in a ranching context how economics and management for biodiversity are interconnected.  For the economics of the ranch operation to be maximized for the long haul the property must be managed  in a  Read more…

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Forced Pooling Laws Can Compel Landowners to Accept Oil and Gas Drilling

Oil and gas drillers find it ideal when multiple properties can be combined into one large pooled unit of acreage.  Pooling results in the greatest extraction of resources from the least number of rigs, helping boost drive domestic driller’s revenues while minimizing costs.   In the key oil and gas drilling U.S. states, landowners who  Read more…

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Historical Barns Fade Back into the American Landscape

The Associated Press covered a story about the Missouri Barn Alliance and similar initiatives across the country that are dedicated to surveying and protecting historical barns.  In 2011 the Missouri Barn Allianced commenced its efforts to inventory and photograph pre-1960 barns as a first step in looking into their historical significance.  Similar barn surveys are  Read more…

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