Mike Swan was honored to be invited to speak at The Seminar Group’s Buying and Selling Ranches in Montana. The two-day seminar in Helena, Montana on March 3oth and 31st addressed unique issues faced by sellers and buyers of agricultural assets in Montana. Anyone involved in the agricultural marketplace, whether they be owners, realtors, lenders, attorneys and other advisors, need to be up to speed on the latest issues to achieve their goals.
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Written by Jim McFerson – Director, WSU Research & Extension Center; Professor of Horticulture
Agriculture in the Northwest is not only prepared to embrace innovation and emerging technologies, but is often setting the pace nationally.
Montana has an expansive land mass and a wild-west history to match. As the 4th largest state in our union the scenery transforms from its eastern plains into vast mountain ranges as one travels westward. Nicknamed “Big Sky Country” for its sweeping views, it is also nicknamed the “Treasure State” due to the state’s resources in it gold, silver, copper, oil and coal. Early settlers were attracted to its mining and agricultural opportunities. Conflicts and battles arose when native American Indians were encroached upon by white settlers. The Homestead Act of 1862 further solidified the white man’s presence offering free land to settlers if they indeed “up proved” 160 allotted acres. This was a challenging feat in the arid climate. Soon the railroad made its appearance.
Listing Broker Sam Sanders, based in Salt Lake City represented the Seller of Thompson Ranch, a beautiful recreational and agricultural Utah ranch. Located four miles north of the historic town of Boulder, Utah, this small cattle Ranch offers captivating vistas in every direction. This undisturbed beauty will remain intact as it is bounded on three sides by the immense Dixie National Forest. This 165-acre showplace offers immaculate landscaping surrounding the main residence, guest house, spa building and outbuildings. Although the Ranch is uniquely functional as a summer cattle operation, its natural serenity and beauty provides a perfect haven for all who visit this ideal retreat.
Nestled in a private valley along the North Fork of Crazy Woman Creek amongst the cottonwoods, sandstone cliffs, and lush creek bottom, Long Ranch presents private, executive-style living, live water teeming with trout, a well-designed equestrian facility, and excellent year-round access. Comprised of 662.5± deeded acres, of which 292.9± acres are irrigated, the Ranch is home to an abundance of wildlife and provides private fishing in live water. Located at the base of the Bighorn Mountains approximately 12 miles south of Buffalo, Wyoming, the Ranch enjoys an unparalleled private setting, yet is only a short drive from the amenities of town.
New Mexico, colonized by Spain prior to becoming a part of the U.S. territory in 1912, has over 500 years of Hispanic culture as well as over 2,500 years of Native American history under its belt. Dwellings in Taos Pueblo, which are still occupied, have been traced back 900 years making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas of America. The physical features of New Mexico offer a wide variety of outdoor educational experiences and exploration through its national parks, monuments, fossil sites, ancient lava flows and unique geology. The great gold rush attracted a wave of the American population to the New Mexico when a gold vein was discovered in Delores.
Utah, a state defined by its vast alpine land, arid deserts and other breathtaking natural wonders, offers as much to the outdoor recreationalist as it does to the history buffs as seen in its preservation of hotels and inns scattered within its borders. With a rich history of Native American tribes, Indian wars and early pioneers there is plenty of history to be witnessed. Originally a Mexican territory in the early days, it continued to evolve as an influx of people arrived with completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.
Located 30 minutes northeast of Billings, the 13,415± total acre Ranch provides private-archery hunting in one of Montana's trophy bull elk regions – the famed 590 Hunting District. The main Ranch is comprised of 9,095± contiguous acres of which 8,455± are deeded with 640 acres of State of Montana lease land. Situated about thirty minutes north of the main Ranch, the summer grazing unit encompasses 3,680 Bureau of Land Management lease acres and 640 acres of State of Montana lease land.