Land Broker Cooperative Announces Launch of Innovative Website

The Land Broker Co-Op has just launched an amazing website and we wanted to share their press release “The Land Broker Cooperative (the Co-Op) is pleased to announce the first website for land, farms and ranches for sale using a map-based view as the primary search functionality” : Read The Full Press Release Here

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2018 USDA Land Value Report

Agricultural Land Values Highlights

The United States farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $3,140 per acre for 2018, up $60 per acre (1.9 percent) from 2017 values. Regional changes in the average value of farm real estate ranged from an 8.3 percent increase in the Southern Plains region (includes Texas (9.1% increase) and Oklahoma (5.3% increase) to 1.4 percent decrease in the Northern Plains region. The highest farm real estate values were in the Corn Belt region at $6,430 per acre. The Mountain region had the lowest farm real estate value at $1,140 per acre.

This report from the USDA is a 22 page report.  Read the full report here.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

The saying goes, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Unfortunately, as many rural landowners know, fence issues also can create extremely strained relationships among neighbors.

If a cow gets onto a roadway and is hit by a motorist, can the livestock owner be liable? What should you do if there are stray livestock on your property? If a boundary fence falls into disrepair, who is responsible for footing the bill to do the needed repairs? What can you do about frustrating tree limbs from the neighbor’s tree that are hanging over your property? These are just a few of the issues that commonly plague landowners, and their lawyers, when it comes to fence law.  READ ARTICLE

Tiffany Dowell Lashmet is an agricultural law specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and co-author of “Five Strands: A Landowner’s Guide to Fence Law in Texas.”

 

 

Greater Sage Grouse

Tuesday morning, at 9am, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell made the announcement that the Greater Sage Grouse will not be listed on the endangered species list. “This is truly a historic day in the history of the American West cattle business,” said Oregon Cattlemen’s Executive Director Jerome Rosa. “Through collaborative efforts by ranchers, energy companies and conservationist reducing the decline of the sage grouse habitat in 11 Western states, the need for a listing was not needed.”  See entire article at AgWeb.com.

George Clift Spearheads Donation Drive for Wildfire Relief

George Clift spearheaded a campaign to challenge all Texas Association of Realtors® members and REALTOR® Land Institute members to donate to the Wildfire Relief Fund. We sent out the following letter to all TAR Members. A similar letter went out to RLI members, also offering the Ashland Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund as a suggestion for donations.

 

The numbers are mind boggling….

-hundreds of thousands of acres of grassland burned
-thousands of square miles of devastation
-homes and barns destroyed
-wildlife gone
-tens of thousands of head of cattle burned to death
-ranchers’ lives lost trying to save their livestock
-so many lives changed forever

We are tough, here in the Texas Panhandle, but the week of March 6th was devastating to so many of our friends, neighbors, and clients. Some ranchers have lost everything.

As we have watched this unfold, we have felt a strong need to “do something”.  So many from across our Region, the State of Texas, and our Nation have come forward to ask, “What can we do to help?”.  Most are stepping up to the plate by sending supplies to those who are fighting the fires, hay to feed the cattle that are left, equipment, labor, and monetary donations.

We have reached out to those we knew were affected by this week’s wildfires, and asked what they needed the most.  Their answer was help replacing the miles and miles of burned fences.  That’s a priority, after making sure their families are safe and their surviving stock are fed. Our job was to find the best way to direct our help to those who need it the most.

The needs will be ongoing for quite some time. With cost running somewhere around $10,000.00 per mile to rebuild these fences, we believe this is exactly where those of us in the land business need to step up to the plate and help.

I am reaching out to all our TAR colleagues, asking you to help us do this for these ranchers. I would like to challenge you to make a donation to the following Foundation. WRCF is a 501(c)3 organization, so your donation will be tax deductible. I believe the WRCF will be the most efficient means in getting donated funds to where they are needed, as quickly as possible.

Working Ranch Cowboys Foundation
% Kaycee Hooper, Foundation Manager
408 SW 7th Avenue – Amarillo, TX 79101
(Reference “Wildfire Relief Fund” in the memo line of your check)

To make an online donation, go to http://wrca.org/foundation/ and click on “Make a Donation”.  In the comment section write “Wildfire Relief Fund”. The foundation will make sure your donation goes directly to ranchers who have been effected by these wildfires.

It’s times like these that we all have to stick together and help one another.  I appreciate any assistance you might offer.  Thank you for your kind support.

Respectfully,
George Clift, ALC
Clift Land Brokers
3430 I-40 West – Amarillo, TX  79102
(806) 355-9856 – (806) 674-8979

Ashland Community Foundation – P.O. Box 276, Ashland, Kansas 67831
Go to www.ashlandcf.com. Scroll down to the bottom and click the Donate button. If paying by check, write “Wildfire Relief Fund” in the Memo Line. If donating online, click on “+ Add Special Instructions” and designate Wildfire Relief Fund.

USDA Announces Conservation Incentives for Working Grass, Range and Pasture Lands

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that beginning Sept. 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands.

The initiative is part of the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a federally funded program that for 30 years has assisted agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. In return, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance…………………..The CRP-Grasslands initiative will provide participants who establish long-term, resource-conserving covers with annual rental payments up to 75 percent of the grazing value of the land. Cost-share assistance also is available for up to 50 percent of the covers and other practices, such as cross fencing to support rotational grazing or improving pasture cover to benefit pollinators or other wildlife. Participants may still conduct common grazing practices, produce hay, mow, or harvest for seed production, conduct fire rehabilitation, and construct firebreaks and fences. Read the Article Here.

Outlook for Texas Land Markets

Outlook for Texas Land Markets.  It’s been a great conference in San Antonio this week. Currently, Joe Outlaw is discussing the changes to the Farm Bill.  Six Clift Land Brokers representatives are here at the conference.  Just another way for us to stay up on land issues and continue being the Land Experts. Why would you go any place else for your farm and ranch real estate needs?

USFS Backs Away From Groundwater Grab

USFS Backs Away From Groundwater Grab….Western Livestock Journal…April 17, 2015…By Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent. Western ranchers are taking a victory lap after the U. S. Forest Service (USFS) Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon announced last Tuesday that the agency is “not moving forward” with a proposal to impose unprecedented regulations on water on and near USFS land.  See complete article here.