Ag Land

Trump 2020 Budget to Lower Crop Subsidies for Insurance Premiums

President Trump’s newly released budget for 2020 includes a 15 percent funding drop for the Department of Agriculture. The plan would trim the USDA budget by $3.6 billion to $20.8 billion, lowering subsidies for crop insurance premiums to 48 percent from 62 percent, and limiting subsidies for growers who make less than $500,000 annually. The president is seeking one of…read more →

Solar Farm Divides a Ranching Community

Article by L.M. Sixel , Houston Chronicle A proposed 1,100-acre solar farm with as many as 450,000 solar panels has divided residents in Van Zandt County. Some local land owners welcome the thought of receiving $450 per acre rent for forty years, while others see the project as an eyesore. Solar is the fastest growing source of electricity in Texas, with its…read more →

Rural Property Owners Fighting Eminent Domain and Land Condemnation Actions by the High Speed Train Connecting Dallas and Houston.

Rural land owners are fighting back Texas Central Partners recently filed legal procedures to take private property from rural land owners via eminent domain and condemnation. The politically connected individuals behind the project tout the real estate development the train’s path will create – which is probably true if you own land near a train stop. However, the sound of a 200-mph loud…read more →

How the Oil Crash is Impacting Houston Home Builders – Q&A with Lawrence Dean, Metrostudy

As a senior advisor with Metrostudy, Lawrence Dean is responsible for providing housing and related information to builders, developers and investors in the Texas region. During the past 18 months of dealing with the impact of oil and gas prices that have fallen lower than many people anticipated, Dean has seen housing starts drop off, but closings increase as builders…read more →