The Commitment to Conservation

The Commitment to Conservation

Land conservation is a universal objective among landowners, farmers, and ranchers in Montana. Buyers considering purchasing land in a conservation easement should be vigilant as more planning is often required. Thus, obtaining a buyer’s agent for adequate guidance and representation is resourceful. The buyer must ask all the pertinent questions so they can decide accordingly….

Plucking Chickens

Plucking Chickens

My previous articles describing my life experiences on the ranch have all included an underlying humorous tone. This next encounter is much more somber than the others, and although there may still be some humor, it will remain to this day as one of the worst days and times of my life. It all began…

Market Volatility

Market Volatility

Volatility seems to be the only consistent piece of commodity markets lately. The roller coaster keeps agricultural producers on their toes while trying to balance out their profits and losses. The volatility in grain markets also makes it difficult to predict land values. Ag producers looking to expand their operating acres will continue to have…

This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy

The beginning of summer is that time of year when thousands of normal human beings are overcome with the urge to rush and explore forests, mountains, lakes, and the great American outdoors. However, when you live on a ranch, these “adventures” have to happen close to home, and this early summer morning was no exception….

If You Want to Make Dollars Count With Good “Cents,” Now is the Time to Sell

If You Want to Make Dollars Count With Good “Cents,” Now is the Time to Sell

If you drive a vehicle, you’ve most definitely felt the squeeze of the increase in fuel prices. Americans are more conscious of where their dollars are being spent with inflation affecting everyone directly or indirectly. The companies that ship and deliver goods have to adjust their prices because of the influx in fuel prices. The…

Counting Sheep

Counting Sheep

All farmers and ranchers have a deep appreciation for mother nature’s nectar in the spring:precipitation. It’s what makes the rich and fertile soils of Montana come to life and blossomultimately allowing us to help provide sustainability for the world. I reflect on one such spring a few years back. We had received a 3-day soaker,…

Who Will Own the Front Range of The Rocky Mountains?

Who Will Own the Front Range of The Rocky Mountains?

The Front-range as a term is a range of the Rocky Mountains where the mountains meet the plains. This prolific area of spectacular sights is sought after by eager buyers from all over the continental US and abroad. The massive landforms and wonderful peaks range from Colorado to Montana and into the providences of Canada….