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Updated 2/23/2015 Repeal Of 1031 Exchange - Will This Affect Your Real Estate Business?!
Learn what IRS Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges are; how and when are they used; what would the effect on the economy be if repeal occurred; where you can obtain additional information on exchanges; and how you can voice your opinion on this issue. Read More.


Updated 4/22/2015 Farm Service Agency Tie Conservation Compliance to Crop Insurance
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) along with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) released the interim final regulation implementing the requirement to tie conservation compliance to crop insurance as required by the 2014 farm bill. Read More.


Updated 4/21/2015 House Votes to Repeal Death Tax
The House voted 240 to 179 on April 16 for full repeal of the death tax, a tax that is threatening the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers across the country. House lawmakers passed the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, bringing farmers and ranchers one step closer to tax reform that will help their families invest in the future and pass their businesses onto the next generation. Read More.


Updated 4/20/2015 EPA Sends Water Rule to OMB
On April 6 the EPA sent the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its controversial regulation to redefine the extent of its authority over U.S. water bodies for final review. Read More.

Updated 4/20/2015 National Flood Insurance Rate Changes
This article is a review of the changes made as of March 20, 2015. Read More.
Updated 4/20/2015 Waters of the US (WOTUS)
 WOTUS (Waters of the US) is the on-going challenge to regulate water pollution --- the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corp of Engineers have been tasked with this challenge. Read More.
Updated 4/20/2015 WOTUS and UAV Updates
Terri Jensen, ALC Advanced, 2015 National Institute President, reveals the latest updates on the state of the EPA's Waters of the US Rule and FAA's current UAV/drone regulations. Read More.
Updated 4/20/2015 Land Values: Charts and Maps
View charts and maps covering topics like the Average Farm Real Estate Value by Year, Farm Real Estate Value by State, Average Cropland Value by Year, and more. Read More.

Updated 4/20/2015 Is estate tax is hurrying the transition of the American family farm?
Tennessee farmer told the House Ways and Means Committee that the estate tax is crippling his and other family farm operations across the country. Read More.

Updated 4/20/2015 Walking 400 Miles to Protest a Proposed Pipeline
State Representative Ed Fallon has been walking almost every day to talk with farmers who's land may be affected by the proposed Dakota Access pipeline. Read More.

Updated 4/20/2015 Like kind exchange repeal; strong case for opposition
By now you have heard about the proposal for a repeal or limitation of the "like kind exchange" as part of a comprehensive tax reform plan for the U.S. Read More.

Updated 4/20/2015 Political sparring over the Land and Water Conservation Fund
A stunning stretch of landscape in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains known as Devil’s Canyon is a classic success story of a popular federal conservation program. Read More.

Updated 4/20/2015Interior takes first step toward possible hike in oil, drilling fees, seeks public comment
The Obama administration took a first step Friday toward a possible increase in fees charged for oil and gas companies to drill on federal lands. Read More.

Updated 3/30/2015 FAA Taking Comments on Proposed UAV Rules

Farmers who want to use UAVS—unmanned aerial vehicles—in their operations have until April 24th to comment on the FAA’s proposed rules on the use of unmanned aircraft systems. Read More.

Updated 3/30/2015 Federal Flood Risk Management Standard
On January 30, the President issued an Executive Order 13690, “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.” Read More.

Updated 3/30/2015 Senate Votes To Help States Sell Off Public Lands
The new chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee secured a vote on a controversial proposal to sell off America’s national forests and other public lands. Read More.

Updated 3/19/2015 Legislation Would Open Federal Land to Hunters and Anglers
A bipartisan group of senators is working to broaden access to federal land for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Read More.

Updated 3/19/2015 House Passes Bill Promoting Wind Energy Expansion
State Representative Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek, 4th District) authored House Bill 188 regarding wind energy. It passed Wednesday in the Pennsylvania House with flying colors: 194 to 1. Read More.

Updated 3/19/2015 House Likely to Pursue Limited Land Buying
A House committee that crafted a newly approved water-policy plan is now looking at how a voter-approved increase in conservation dollars should be used for land management. Read More.

Updated 3/19/2015 Press Release - DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations (PDF) that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. Read More.

Updated 2/26/15 USDA Opens Public Comment Period for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Interim Final Rule
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. Read More.

Updated 2/26/15 Statement by Thomas Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture Before the House Committee on Agriculture
Secretary Vilsack appeared before the House Agriculture Committee to cover the state of agriculture and the Farm Bill that was passed in 2014.  He mentioned during this meeting that he was working with the EPA to help the group understand the impacts that their WOTUS proposal would have on agriculture. Read More.

Updated 2/26/15 FAA proposes long-awaited drone rules
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed much-anticipated rules governing the commercial use of small drones that would require drone operators to obtain certification and pilot aircraft without line of sight only during daylight hours. Read More.

Updated 2/19/15 1031 Changes May Change Your Business in 2015
Institute member, Brad Lyle, ALC, had the opportunity to sit down with his Senator Orrin Hatch to discuss the changes to the Like-Kind Exchanges provisions. Read More.

Updated 02/15/2015 Overview of Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
The following provisions are being proposed in the FAA’s Small UAS NPRM. Read More.

Updated 2/5/15 Conservation Easement Incentive Act 2015
A bipartisan coalition introduced the Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2015 in the House and Senate. The legislation provides a permanent enhanced tax incentive to family farmers, ranchers, and other landowners who do not wish to develop their land. Read More.

Updated 2/5/15 Forest Service releases final Land Management Planning Framework
The U.S. Forest Service announced availability of final planning directives, a key set of agency guidance documents that directs land managers’  implementation of the 2012 planning rule. Read More.

Updated 2/5/15 Federal Land Bill Calls for Expansion of Red Rock Canyon
The U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act on December 12, which included a package of land bills providing more space for outdoor enthusiasts' enjoyment. Read More.

Updated 2/5/15 NAR Statement on the WOTUS Hearing
NAR has stated their opposition to the vague and misguided "waters of the US" proposed regulation. On April 21, 2014 Congress held a hearing "Impacts of the Proposed Waters of the US Rule on State and Local Government. At this hearing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposed to reduce the amount of scientific analysis needed. Read the Statement from NAR.

Updated 2/5/15 D.C. Efforts to Prohibit Pre-Hire Marijuana Tests
The City Council of Washington D.C. has proposed city legislation that would legalize the posession, consumption, display, purchasing or transporting marijuana for personal use for persons over 21. While this is a local issue at the time, the trends are concerning across the nation. Read More.

Updated 1/30/15 Tax Deferred 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges
Congress has proposed repealing this tax code. This repeal would negatively affect business and the economy in general. REALTORS® Land Institute is involved in bringing awareness and information to the Hill to explain the importance of keeping this code in place. Read more.

Updated 1/23/15 US House passes natural gas pipeline permitting reform bill
The US House of Representatives approved a bill aimed at reforming federal natural gas pipeline permit reviews by establishing stricter deadlines for other agencies to submit information to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Read more.

Updated 1/14/15 Williams & Jenson Washington Update
Read the latest update from Williams & Jensen.

Updated 1/13/15 The Tax Treatment of Like Kind Exchanges
The Treasury Department Office of Tax Analysis published analysis of the 1031 like kind exchange discussing rationale.  It includes that the Federal Budget does not consider the 1031 exchange a tax expenditure.  The analysis indicates that eliminating 1031 exchanges would hurt liquidity of which would negativity affect consumers and the economy. Read more.

Updated 1/13/15 From Agriculture to energy, GOP intent on pushing back in 2015
Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama’s policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security. Read more.

Updated 1/13/15 FAA Releases Drone Exemption Process
Recognizing the demand to expedite integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS), the FAA continues efforts to develop the regulatory framework for safely integrating small UAS into routine NAS operations. This will primarily be accomplished by the small UAS (sUAS) rule, which is scheduled to be released for public comment later this year. Read more.



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