Choosing the Best Farm or Ranch Broker – Part III

Land Pro John B. Morrow, Associates Broker

The Dramatic Conclusion

A few weeks ago I posted the first two parts of this article. (Part I and Part II) Then things got busy and I didn’t have time to post the much anticipated third and final installment, until today.  Now the dramatic conclusion of, “Choosing the Best Farm and Ranch Broker.”

Okay, maybe choosing the right broker is not all that dramatic.  But pick the wrong one and you are potentially inviting all kinds of unwanted drama into your life.  So pay attention and keep in mind these last four things when choosing the professional to More >

Kansas Loses 4,000 Farms in 5 Years

U.S. Losing Farmland at Alarming Rates

BY: ROBERT PIERCE

Results from the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture were released recently, and both Kansas and Oklahoma seem to be following the nationwide trends in some of the categories.

The numbers for individual counties will not be available till May, but USDA did release figures for both the country and each of the 50 states.

Overall, the U.S., between 2007 and 2012, lost nearly 100,000 farms and about 7.5 million acres of farm land. Kansas itself lost nearly 4,000 farms and 200,000 acres of farm land over the five-year period.

Oklahoma lost even More >

Nebraska Govenor Vetoes Mountain Lion Hunting Ban

Second Try to Override Nebraska Cougar Hunting Veto Fails

BY: GRANT SCHULTE

Photo Courtesy of Nebraska Game & Parks

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers failed for a second time Thursday to override Gov. Dave Heineman‘s veto of a bill that would ban mountain lion hunting.

The 28-21 vote drew an angry response from the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ernie Chambers, who believed he had secured the 30 senators required to push the measure into law.

Chambers blasted senators as “sniveling, knock-kneed, pigeon-toed cowards,” for bowing to pressure from hunting groups that oppose the bill. The second More >

Tension in Ukraine Greatly Affecting U.S. Corn & Wheat Prices

By Colvin & Co. LLP

Corn, soybean, and wheat prices all increased throughout March due to uncertainty in Ukraine and strong fundamentals. Tension in Ukraine, the fifth largest wheat producer and third largest corn exporter in the world, greatly affected wheat and corn prices this month. Farmers in Ukraine are reportedly hoarding grain as a hedge against potential currency issues moving forward. Additionally, Crimea contains five major ports which could cause export issues in the future. Up to 20% of Ukrainian farmland may go unplanted this year due to lack of farmer funding, according to the More >

Choosing the Best Farm or Ranch Broker Part II

Land Pro John Morrow, Nebraska

Last week I posted an article outlining seven things to consider when choosing the best farm or ranch broker.  (Choosing the Best Farm or Ranch Broker, Feb. 21, 2014).  Today I’m going to look at the first three of them in a little more detail.  My goal in writing these articles is to help you pick the farm or ranch broker that will give you the best chance of getting the highest price for land when it’s time to sell.

The first three factors I mentioned were whether a broker would: (1) provide you a free market analysis;  (2) help you decide whether a private More >

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