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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Clift Land Brokers Appoints New CEO

George Clift, owner and President of George Clift Enterprises Inc. in Amarillo, TX, recently announced the appointment of Phyllis Weiss Riley as the new Chief Executive Officer of Clift Land Brokers. Ms. Riley has been at Clift Land Brokers for five years working in the marketing, administrative, and accounting areas of their land brokerage and land auction business.   Phyllis received her BS degree in Agriculture Business & Economics from West Texas A & M University in 1989. In addition to her time at Clift Land Brokers, she has worked in the Amarillo area in several agriculture marketing positions. Specializing …

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Farms Aren’t Going Away……

Jerry Schniederjan, Clift Land Brokers Agent, was recently interviewed about the future of the family farm. Here is an excerpt from the article as it appeared in the Austin Tribune. Jerry Schniederjan, an Amarillo real estate agent who sells agricultural land, said most  family farms and ranches were bought by larger family farms and corporate farms. It has become difficult to make a living on a small farm, he said. Years ago, when land prices were lower  and farms were smaller, Schniederjan and his wife, Shellie, bought a farm. They spent more than two decades growing wheat, grain sorghum and …

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10 Factors that Drive Farmland Value

Here is an interesting perspective on land values from Sara Schafer, AgWeb.com Business and Crops Online Editor.  Sara talks about Global factors that impact your farm value. She quotes Tim Hopper, chief economist at TIAA-CREF, a financial services and investing organizaiton, saying, “People have an intuitive sense of what their land is worth. Yet to stay ahead of the curve, he says, farmers should think beyond their farm gates.”  Click here for the entire article.

George Clift, ALC Honored with The Owen W Sherrill Award

April 25, 2013 The Owen W. Sherrill Award was presented to George Clift, ALC at the Texas A&M 23rd Annual Outlook Land Markets Conference in San Antonio, TX The Award honors a Realtor who has contributed to the overall positive image of an outstanding, professional Texas Farm and Land Broker. This award was instituted in 1976 to honor the First President and Organizer of Texas Realtors® Land Institute Chapter #22, Owen W. Sherrill, AFLM

KAGS-HD TV News Story on Land Investments

Here is a news story about Land Investments from KAGS-HD TV in College Station, Texas you may find interesting…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmDg3fcr20E  

Progressive Farmer article on land values.

Here’s an excerpt from an article on land values published in the November 2013 issue of Progressive Farmer….”Clift Land Brokers has a big footprint when it comes to farm and ranch land, leaving George Clift with a broad perspective.  The broker says there are two regions he’d look to invest in today: the High Plains of Texas or the eastern areas of North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.  In the High Plains, he’d focus on grain-deficit areas, where the commodity brings a premium over the Midwest. He says land here is a consistent producer, drawing from underground aquifers. “Returns of farms in …

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