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Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #14
Posted: January 5th 2021
Episode #14 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is."  Don't be "that guy"... without looking across the fence and making value-judgments of our neighbors, Jess Peterson from Western Skies Strategies, eloquently states how you can do more with your ranch investment. From maximizing your ecological and conservation goals, to actually...
Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #13
Posted: December 23rd 2020
Episode #13 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "Never take a gun to a water fight"  How do you maximize the value of your water rights, if you have any water rights at all? Do you even know if these have intrinsic value or are they simple smoke-and-mirrors? Are your water rights marketable? In this episode, we hear from Russ Radliff who stopped by for a recording...
Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #12
Posted: December 9th 2020
Episode #12 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "Opportunity Zones for Farm and Ranch: Is it worth it?"  Estate and Tax Planning Specialist Joel Silverman of Silverman Law Office and the MTBIZVLOG joins us to talk about the do's and don'ts of Opportunity Zone investing for Farm and Ranch.  
Cash rental rates hold steady in Montana
Posted: December 3rd 2020
AgEconMT.com, the outreach website for the Montana State University - Department of Agricultural Economics department, recently published a post summarizing and recapping USDA cash rent survey data for Montana.  The data shows steady ag land cash rents since 2000, which is in sharp contrast to land value appreciation over the same period.  This highlights the ongoing decoupling of income...
Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #11
Posted: December 2nd 2020
Episode #11 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "Ranch Investing. Can't lose?!"  Free government money in farming and ranching!? Ranch investing must be a "can't lose" proposition!!! Melissa "Missy" Wacker introduces us to government-subsidized insurance programs, as well as government-subsidized improvements that have proven to benefit landowners. Can you bank on this...
Ranch sales boom as COVID migrants seek refuge
Posted: November 23rd 2020
The Billings Gazette recently ran an article on ranch sales booming in Montana due to the coronavirus.  The article featured Andy Rahn from Montana Land Source, as well as seasoned Montana ranch brokers, and highlighted the reasons why buyers have been seeking out land in Montana at such a high level in 2020.  These reasons include escaping the coronavirus (Montana had low COVID-19 numbers for...
Dueling Dinosaurs
Posted: November 18th 2020
UPDATE - The infamous Montana 'Dueling Dinosaurs' fossils that were discovered on a Montana ranch in 2006, and subject to a high-profile court case as to whether they belonged to the surface or to mineral right owners, will end up in a North Carolina museum. A non-profit organization called Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences acquired the fossils with private funds, and then...
Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #10
Posted: November 11th 2020
Episode #10 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "When to lawyer up?"  How do you prepare your ranch for the worst while planning for the best?  Property rights, water rights, and legislation covered herein... Be prepared to drink through a fire-hose as we introduce another legendary Lund, the ever charismatic and animated Hertha Lund as she schools us on the state of...
Montana Chapter of ASFMRA receives Patron Chapter Status
Posted: October 28th 2020
The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) is the largest and most trusted professional organization of rural property experts in the United States.  For 2020, the Society has announced that the Montana Chapter of the ASFMRA has received Patron Chapter Status. Patron Chapters of ASFMRA have actively contributed to ASFMRA, and have demonstrated growth in membership.  This...
Ranch Investors Podcast Episode #9
Posted: October 28th 2020
Episode #9 of the Ranch Investors podcast has been released, and is titled "Where Ranching Ends and Farming Begins"  Are there benefits to using cover crops in a livestock operation? How about a hunting and fishing ranch, or is this another "foo-foo" program that will not stand the test of time? Find out in this episode from expert soils and crop agronomist Kate Vogel, from North 40 Ag, who has...