Texas Land and Ranch Policy and Politics

The politics of owning land and ranch in the great state of Texas is always going to be a prevalent issue. Landowners must be informed of always changing land and ranch policies, and how it may affect their day to day usage of the land.

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Texas is Rich in Mineral Rights

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Texas's rich soil contains precious resources that can lead to profit or heartache for landowners, depending on who owns the mineral rights. Mineral rights are, quite simply, the legal ownership of mineral deposits beneath the surface of a property. In a completely efficient world, the one who owns the surface of the land would own the resources beneath. 

Doesn’t the surface owner always own the mineral rights under their property? In reality, mineral rights can also be owned by previous surface owners, corporations, or third parties. Mineral-rich states that have an abundance of oil, gas, coal, gold, silver and other precious minerals are also the

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Wait! Before you buy that land, make sure you’ve done your homework. Here are five key questions to ask, and how to find the answers.

1) WHAT RESTRICTIONS AND/OR ZONING ORDINANCES APPLY TO THE PROPERTY?

Determine legal uses on the parcel you’re considering: Is it zoned agricultural, residential, commercial? Each of those classifications will determine what you can and can't do on the property. Municipalities occasionally change their communities' zoning to reflect what they want to direct the land to become in future years. Even if the seller provides you with zoning information, verify it yourself with the local governing agency (in the town or county where it’s located) to ensure you have the most up to date information. You’ll also want

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With its beautiful ranch properties, rolling hills and hardy pine forests, Texas is an ideal place to buy land.

But finding the perfect property is just the beginning of the land buying process. In order to know how to buy land in Texas, there are a number of state-specific trends and regulations to understand.

Here are the answers to some common questions Texas land buyers ask:

What does rural land in Texas typically cost?

It's wise to keep in mind that land values can vary vastly depending on features of the specific property you're considering, such as location, access, special amenities and natural features. However, the Real Estate Center of Texas A&M University has a website dedicated to data on purchasing rural land in Texas,

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Kendall County Texas Growth Issues

Whether the citizens of Kendall County like it or not, their beloved county is growing. Since 2015, the population has increased by at least 4%, and that number continues to increase. An increasing Kendall County population brings many positives including an expanded workforce, new customers for local business, and an increasing tax base from the growing population. There are negative impacts as well; such as a decrease in housing options, as well as infrastructure problems. 

Impact of Growth on Vehicular Traffic in Kendall County, Texas

With increasing population comes increasing traffic. Roads

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In the past century, cotton acreage in the United States has fluctuated immensely. From 46 million acres set aside for cotton in 1925, to only 10.8 million acres in the mid-eighties, the amount of cotton within the United States has definitely seen its ups and downs. 

As of 2019, there were approximately 14 million acres across the country dedicated to cotton, about 6 million of these acres within Texas alone. Now though, there is a fear that in the upcoming years cotton acres will begin to plummet.

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How big of a decline will that be?

Professor John Robinson, who teaches at Texas A&M University and specializes in cotton marketing, has predicted a decline of 2 or even 3 million acres within the next year. This would bring the size of the

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Often you will hear people argue against eating meat based on the treatment of animals and the negative environmental impacts that some companies make while producing their livestock. There has recently been a greater push for purchasing sustainably-sourced products, including beef and other meats, as opposed to vetoing meat entirely.

Here are some reasons as to why you should sustainably raise cattle as well as ways that you can do so within Texas.

What Does it Mean to be Sustainable?

From the definition as determined by natural scientists, to be sustainable means that you are living, or in this case producing, without draining the environment of its natural resources. This means taking steps to reduce waste and keep the ecological damage to

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Texas has been kicked out of the number 1 spot on U-Haul’s annual growth report for the first time since 2015. 

Since 2015, Texas has been sitting in the no. 1 spot on U-Haul’s annual Growth State Report. They take this measurement by analyzing the amount of U-Haul trucks that leave and enter each state in the US (excluding Hawaii) each year. In the past few years, Texas has had around 50.4% of the one-way U-Haul traffic in the state result from arrivals. Now, Florida has passed that arrival percentage with 50.6% of its one-way traffic coming into the state.

 

How accurate is this measure?

 

Although Florida may have the most relative U-Haul traffic coming into the state, it was not the fastest-growing state in the country. In fact,

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Underground water in Texas Hill Country

For a long while, Texas Hill Country real estate was known for its thriving acreages that were rich in water sources like creeks and springs. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than this, these plots of land were extremely reasonable in price!

But now, land is more expensive than ever with some properties selling for as much as $75,000 per acre.

Gone are the days of finding Hill Country farmland for a budget of $15,000 per acre. Searching for this type of real estate is looking for a unicorn--you’re not likely to find it.

So, why has the land become so expensive?

Well, the answer has to do with groundwater.

  • The Diminishing Supply of Water
  • Digging for Groundwater
  • The Rule of Capture
  • The Texas Aquifers
  • The
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Cattle behind a fence on Texas ranch

Every landowner uses their property in a unique way. But one thing is the same across the board: proper fencing around your property is paramount.

Whether you raise livestock, tend crops, host game, or simply live on the land, you need to have proper fencing to enclose the property so everyone and every animal stays safe.

This is a short guide that will help you get started on fencing your Texas property:

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Selecting the Right Fence

With so many options, it’s hard to know which type of fencing is the best for you. When selecting the right fence, you need to consider several different factors, including its purpose, cost, and upkeep, just to name a few.

Wood Fencing

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Recently, some big news has been revealed on the ranch real estate front.

The biggest ranch on sale in Texas and one of the biggest ranches in the United States has just been put on the market.

Brewster Ranches in West Texas

This West Texas ranch, called Brewster Ranches, spans over 420,000 consecutive acres. The owner and seller, Brad Kelley has spent over two decades buying nearby ranches to create this massive property. From the edges of the beautiful Rio Grande River and stretching to canyons near Big Bend National Park, this gigantic piece of land comes from 22 previous properties that Mr. Kelley consolidated. 

For Sale: One Ranch, Or Five?

Though the ranch is listed for $320 million, the owner has said that he is willing to

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