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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Helps Landowners Protect and Restore Key Land Assets

Protecting agricultural land assets just became easier for ranch buyers and owners when Agricultural Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced November 16, 2015, that $350 million will be available to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the United States. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical river and stream resources and wildlife habitat.

Agricultural Lease Rates: A Guide to Estimating Income Potential for Landowners

If you are a farm or ranch owner but farming or ranching is not your trade, you are not alone. Landowner demographics in many parts of the West have shifted toward non-operators, particularly in recent decades. If you are a non-operating owner or prospective owner, evaluating your property’s income potential requires an understanding of agricultural lease rates.

Finding Balance: Increasing Ranch Value by Managing for Elk

There’s a secret that ranch owners know out in the Mountain West: Creating wildlife habitat isn’t just good for your morning view, it also raises the value of your land. “Ranches that are managed with a sustainable agricultural plan have the added benefit of attracting wildlife and this creates value not only for the current owner, but also increases resale value,” says Vinny Delgado, an agent with Fay Ranches.


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