US Senate Rejects Amendment on Lesser Prairie Chicken

US Senate Rejects Amendment on Lesser Prairie Chicken KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment by Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government’s threatened species act. The Kansas City Star reports Moran’s amendment to a bill intended to expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline fell short of the 60 votes needed to be added to the measure.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last year designated the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, which is one step below endangered under the Endangered Species Act.Moran says federal …

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Climate Change Creates New Farming Risks

Undoubtedly, climate change has and will continue to effect farming.  Here is a great article from Boyce Thompson, Editorial Director dated 6-10-2014 you may find interesting….. “Severe weather is forcing farmers to innovate and invest in new technology.  Like any smart business person, Trey Hill, a fourth-generation farmer from Rock HIll, Md., wants to do things once and move on. The problem is that severe weather–whether it’s torrential rains, extreme summer heat or cold spring temperatures–keeps messing with his best-laid plans.”  Click here for complete article.

Farm Bill Info Session

Clift Land Brokers will sponsor the upcoming 2014 Farm Bill Info Session, Friday, March 21st.  Please plan to attend.

Evaluating Commodity Program Choices in the New Farm Bill

February 11, 2014 By:  University News Release By: Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois The new farm bill has revised the farm safety net, requiring farmers and landowners to sort through a series of decisions. Here, we provide initial analysis and information on the choices in the new farm safety net for the 2014 crop year.  Read more here

The Importance of Land When Raising a Family

Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan offers a rare and revealing look at how important owning a piece of property was to bringing up his kids and now his grandchildren.  

Cropland Shows Acreage Gains

Thought you might be interested in this excerpt from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association Newsletter January 24, 2014 Pasture, Cropland Show Acreage Gains, Less Erosion A new report on the status and conditions of America’s agricultural lands shows cropland erosion rates remained stable between 2007 and 2010, despite a growth in agricultural land use and more extreme weather events. NRCS’s latest National Resources Inventory (NRI) summary report features data on how U.S. non-federal rural lands are being used. Data comes from 800,000 sample locations across the country. NRI data also shows that between 2007 and 2010: Pastureland increased by 847,000 …

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