Owning Land

Tips and resources for the land owner and property improvement, plus advice and information about wildlife and habitat management, property taxes and more

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Black Beauty

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Hidden Talent: Property Value from Untapped Sources

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Drought-Proofing Mule Deer Herds In Texas

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Should You Purchase or Lease Farm and Ranch Equipment?

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Hidden Talent: Property Value from Untapped Sources
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Drought-Proofing Mule Deer Herds In Texas
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Should You Purchase or Lease Farm and Ranch Equipment?
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How to Start Your Own Vineyard

Who hasn’t secretly dreamed of opening their own vineyard? Pour yourself a glass of merlot or chardonnay and let’s learn all about starting your own vineyard.

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The Wild Side of Business: Adding Flavor to the Outdoor Experience

A mile-high look at a few cornerstone considerations for enhancing the outdoor enterprise through the culinary compartment.

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Gallery: 20 Beautiful Barn Designs for Your Land

Enjoy the view of these 20 beautiful barns from the veteran barn kit providers at Barn Pros, plus get the essentials for what you need to consider before building a barn on your land.

Q&A with Kathy Shea Mormino, aka “The Chicken Chick”

We recently had the pleasure of connecting with Kathy Shea Mormino, author of The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens: ...

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Notes from the Field: It’s Time to GIS—Get It Surveyed!

A detailed look at what to expect from a land survey of your property, and why it's so important to conduct a thorough survey with the help of a qualified land professional.

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The Pleasures & Treasures of Owning Rural Lands in Texas

With some 96 percent of the Texas landscape being held by private ownership, let’s look at some of the pleasures and treasures that are reflective of today’s interest in owning a piece of Texas.

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What the New Tax Law Means for Agriculture & Rural Landowners

The largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades went into effect this year, impacting farmers, ranchers and other rural landowners in a variety of ways. For the most part, financial experts anticipate benefits for these groups.

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How to Install Power on Vacant Land

Whether you’re setting up a camp in a rural area or starting a house on an empty lot, you’ll need some power to truly make it livable. Here's a guide to running power or electricity to your land.

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The Wild Side of Business: Top 10 Customer-Service Strategies

There are few industries that offer as much of an opportunity to profoundly impact client satisfaction through basic customer-service strategies as what you find in wildlife-based recreational enterprises. Our regular columnist outlines his ten tips for customer-service success.

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How to Invest in Land With a Self-Directed Retirement Account

If you make money by selling, leasing or developing raw land, you can put these same strategies to work for your future with a self-directed retirement plan.

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Are Solar Panels Worth the Investment for Your Home?

My neighbors have solar panels. Each time I drive up our driveway those panels glare back at me with judgement. ...

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Livestock Insurance Helps Protect Against Weather and Market Risks

Raising livestock can be a rewarding but sometimes risky business. One risk management tool available to producers is livestock insurance, which can pay off both financially and in terms of peace of mind.

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Impacts of Brush Management on Land Values

When it comes to brush work, it’s been said that you should know your plants, know their values and know how to manipulate them. So, as a land owner, don't simply focus on goals that only suit the needs of today but consider how to best preserve or enhance your land values for tomorrow.

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3 Lawn Care Practices You Can Do Yourself

Your lawn should be the pride of your landscaping. Thick, vibrant green grass makes any outdoor space more beautiful, drives up your property values, and keeps your yard cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, you probably can’t get the lush lawn of your dreams without help.

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Guide to Native Plants of the Mountain West

The Mountain West is a region of majesty and beauty. The wide mountain range lends to native plants that can survive in adverse conditions. The following native plants of the Mountain West can be seen in various habitats and do well in area gardens and landscapes.

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Guide to Native Plants of the Southwest

If you live in the American Midwest or Southwest, you are surely no stranger to the difficulties of trying to maintain a luscious, verdant garden. It can be incredibly hot and dry, making it tough to cultivate many strands of ornamental plants.

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Hunters Helping Farmers: On the Hunt for Feral Pigs with Hog Carl

Feral pigs, also called wild hogs, can pose a problem to landowners growing valuable crops. Join the author as she rides along on a South Carolina hog hunt to learn more about the connection between hunters and farmers to control this destructive species.

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Guide to Native Plants of the Southeast

Noticing native wild plants in your area, and then choosing them for your own garden, is a great way to make sure your outdoor space looks great year round. Here are three selections for the Southeastern states of North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

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The Essential Guide to Building Your Dream Cabin in the Woods

Building a log cabin from the ground up can be complicated, time-consuming and stressful. Here are some tips for finding the right piece of land, building your cabin and options for pre-made cabins to help the project go as smoothly as possible.

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5 Best Tools for Repairing an Old Building or Barn

With the right tools and some dedication, you can turn your rundown shed, barn or cottage into a useful and attractive outbuilding. Here are five essential pieces of equipment that you'll need to get the project done.