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Abandoned Farms For Sale In Texas


Abandoned Texas Lands For SaleThroughout the vast plains, rolling hills, and waterways of the great state of Texas are some of the most beautiful and valuable pieces of land.  Land parcels with farms and ranches are important and cherished throughout the state. Often these privately held tracts of land are very large in area, and able to support a variety of crops, pastoral, or mixed farm services.


Surprisingly, there are land plots throughout the state that are either unused or abandoned, and potentially up for sale. Locating these plots can be tricky and intriguing.


How Do You Find Abandoned or Vacant Texas Land?

The Legacy Broker Group has a service to help find properties with your own curated or required criteria. One of these…

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The Numbers 

2020 is set to have the highest annual income for farms since 2013 when the market peaked at $139.1 billion. Following that year, the market crashed and this upcoming year is expected to have the first upturn in profit since. This year, it is projected that US farms will bring in a total of $96.7 billion, a 3.3% rise from last year. 

Though this gap between 2013 and now seems large, if this prediction is correct the net income would be $5.1 billion more than the average from 2000 to 2018. Steady growth in the farm industry is a very good thing at this point following 2014’s market decline.

Since Texas provides a massive proportion of United States agriculture, this is great news for Texas landowners who farm or for those who…

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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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how usda nrcs can aid your land management


Did you know that through the National Resource Conservation Service in Texas, eligible landowners can receive financial and technical assistance in natural resource management?  Through grants, incentive programs, and stewardship programs, Texas landowners can find ways to sustainably manage their land and production. The goal of the program is to help implement conservative practices into your land, so not only will you be able to have immediate help with your land, but you will have secured the future for your land. 

Not only does the United States Department of Agriculture offer financial aid, but they also have programs that help in landscape planning, which includes ways to avoid watershed damage from the flash floods that frequent Texas.…

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A blight on the land of most ranch-owners in Texas is feral hog overpopulation. This post is an overview of wild pigs and their effects on the land you own or are looking to own.

Not only do they tear up the land, but feral hogs can spread E Coli and other diseases to humans and other animals, kill native species, and contaminate water sources. This invasive species can thrive in 79% of Texas and their population continues to increase exponentially. A study from 2004 estimated that Texas had around $52 million in damages annually resulting from feral hogs. Now, that estimation reaches as high as $1.5 billion nationwide. Needless to say, their presence within Texas is detrimental to ranching and landowning.

To get an idea of the scope of the…

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Cotton being harvested seen from the air

Pat Pilgrim knows a thing or two about scales of efficiency. Taking his father Bo Pilgrim's (of Pilgrim's Pride) model of vertical integration production from chicken farming to cotton ginning, Pat's PPF Gin in Cooper, Texas is bringing life back to the cotton production in the northeast land market region. 

Here's the big takeaway from the "Turning Soil, Northeast Texas Croplands Evolve" article from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center's Erin Kiella, John, Robinson, and Charles E. Gilliland:

"Pilgrim's program offers contracted growers a predetermined price for cotton while providing planting seed, fertilizer, other chemical inputs, agronomic consulting, picking/hauling, ginning, and warehousing services. According to Texas A&M AgriLife planning…

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