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Friday, January 30, 2015

Montana Agriculture Careers

While agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry that directly affects everyone in the world each day, employers still struggle to find qualified candidates that are enthusiastic about the industry and need.

by the Drover's Cattle Network.

As a Ranch Management graduate from Montana State University, I was recently asked to present to a group of upcoming Ag grads. The workshops discussed the many career paths, including ag land sales, offered to agricultural graduates.

Understanding this need, I am happy to donate a portion of each sale to the Montana State College of Agriculture. MSU has been producing Ag college grads since its inception in 1893.

We are proud to say many of our Ranch & Recreational Group Brokers have received their college education in the state of Montana. We encourage you to contact one our experienced Montana Ag Real Estate Broker's today.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ranch and Land Sales in SW Montana

Our Dillon, MT Ranch and Recreational Agents Getting it Done in 2014!
Sold February 2014
Anderson Lane Spring Creek  - 225 acres of recreational property with unimproved spring creek and some irrigated pasture. Abundant upland birds, waterfowl and whitetail deer. 

Sold April 2014
The Schindler Ranch consists of 2,200+/- acres sprawled across the floor of the Big Hole Valley, in one of the most breathtaking settings in Montana. This historical property takes in two miles of the famed Big Hole River at its headwaters. Sitting at the foot of the Bitterrroot Mountain Range, this irrigated ranchis located in the heart of the best summer ranges for cattle in the state. Hunting and fishing are incredible, combined with this excellent agricultural element this is a must see ranch. 

 Sold May 2014
The Fintail Ranch provides unmatched blend of agriculture and recreation. Consists of 357 acres with nearly a mile of frontage on both the Beaverhead River and Spring Creek. Land consists if sub irrigated acres and over 100 acres under pivot irrigation. Property is abundant with waterfowl, pheasants and whitetail deer. 

Sold May 2014 
219 acres with two forks of Horse Prairie Creek. Flood and sub irrigated ground with endless possibilities. excellent summer pasture.   

Sold August 2014  
California Slough Homestead represents 158 acres of solid blend of production and recreation. Property is flood irrigated with water for 120 acres.

Sold October 2014
​Steel Creek Ranch consists of 2011 deeded acres in the famed Big Hole Valley. Borders public lands. 4 miles of Steel Creek and large pond. 3br 2ba home. Large USFS allotment Excellent blend of agriculture and recreation.

Sold November 2014
130 acres overlooking and bordering the Jefferson River. Traditionally used as a horse ranch but has many possibilities as a hobby farm or recreational property. 


Sold December 2014
​Little Lake Creek Ranch encompasses 3420 acres that enjoy some of the best views in Montana. Situated in the heart of the Big Hole Valley. This cattle ranch consists of 3420 deeded acres with 950 +/- irrigated acres and frontage on the famed Big Hole River. 


2014 Buyer Representation Sales
Sold May 2014
Woods Warm Springs Creek Ranch is located along side of the quaint town of Jackson. This property has historically summered 300 pairs, Warm Springs Creek runs directly though the property that make for the most scenic views. A large percentage of the land is irrigated with grass hay meadows and pasture land with water rights from Warm Springs Creek. Water is plentiful with this property and has many recreational amenities near by.

Call us today to see how we can help you in 2015!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Women In Ag Finally Being Counted

women and farms
As a child, I grew up on a ranch where my father worked the 9-5 job and left my mom to basically run the ranch while he was putting his energy into a “day job”. Don’t get me wrong my father worked another 8 or more hours at home before and after he left for the day job, but my mother was invaluable to the daily operation of feeding cattle, haying, irrigating and the daily chores that go with ranching.   

As a product of a ranching family we all contributed to the daily operation on the ranch and there weren’t many days off.  I don’t ever remember my mom getting credit for the success of that ranch, but you can bet that her hours of toil there counted just as much as my father’s.

As a ranch wife myself, I work along side my husband as well, but it has just been in the last few years that women on the farm are finally being counted. I packed our daughter on many a trip to the tractor where she had a place to nap on the back shelf by the tractor window while we were haying or harvesting.  Now I am the one with the 9-5 Real Estate job, but it does not mean I have stopped being an active participant in the ranch. In the US married couples run about a third of farms, but because of the way farm operations are structured, and census questions are asked, men show up in the data more often.

The percentage of women farmers is climbing, according to USDA data. Even while the total number of farmers is dropping nationwide, women are taking up a larger piece of the pie. In 2002 about 27 percent of farmers were women. In 2012 that increased to more than 30 percent. The share of US farms primarily operated by women has steadily increased over the past three decades, from 5 percent in 1978 to nearly 14 percent by 2012. 

Even with more female farmers joining the ranks, that doesn’t mean women who operate farms are enjoying as much success as their male counterparts. As of 2012, 91% of farms run by women had less than $50,000 in annual sales. Most female run farms fill niche markets with the highest percentages of women running equine facilities, specialty crop farms and poultry operations. Women are less likely to show up on cattle feedlots, grain farms and dairies.

As farms have become more high-tech, the skills needed to be a successful farmer have changed. Now, farmers need to know how to work a spreadsheet as well as a combine. That change has helped many women who want to enter the industry. Despite of the changes, we still have a long way to go. 

As a Real Estate Ranch Broker, I still get the stigma of being a women who could not possibly know how to operate a farm/ranch just because I am not the burly male in his 50s. That would be 58.3 years old to be exact, according to data from the Latest Census of Agriculture.

Michelle Van Dyke, Accredited Land Consultant, who carries her Real Estate Broker’s License with Prudential Montana Real Estate, just might be able to give you just as much ranch advice as that burly fifty year old man. Maybe she will finally be counted too. 

Statistics taken from Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media.