Idaho, established as a territory in 1863 after the discovery of gold, is nicknamed the Gem State for its abundance of natural resources. Snow-capped scenic mountain ranges located around the state contain a host of mineral veins such as gold, silver, lead, copper and gems including star garnets, jasper and opals. With a multitude of lakes and rivers bustling of rainbow trout and countless other species, it attracts sportsmen and recreationalist alike. The famous Snake River rushes through Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in the North American continent. Approximately 63% of the states’ land is public and managed by the federal government. In the southern portion of the state are the Oregon Trail and the California Trail, historic pioneer trails cut across the Idaho ranch land where wagon ruts can still be seen. With its roots deep in mining, sport recreation and farming, the state has a lot of history to appreciate.
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The State of Wyoming with its numerous historic places embraces its heritage of the American West through its ranches, museums, parks, monuments and well-preserved hotels situated across the state. Its historic past includes Indian tribes, pioneers, cattle barons, gold miners, gold rushes, outlaws and famous icons. If you are venturing across the state stroll back in time and visit a historic hotel for yourself and experience a piece of Wyoming’s well-kept treasures.
In 1925, just prior to the start of the Great Depression a noticeable trend was taking place in America. The male population was choosing to leave their family farms in order to pursue careers outside of farming. As an attempt to counteract this movement, the state of Virginia proposed forming an organization that offered farm boys an opportunity to develop leadership skills, confidence and pride in the fact they were farm boys. When the idea was presented during the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Missouri in 1928 the Future Farmers of America was born. At that time 33 young students from 18 states elected a president and created the new national emblem taken largely from the Virginia emblem. The following year the color theme of blue – signifying the national color, and golden yellow –representing the color of corn, was adopted. This was followed by the development of the official creed. Soon thereafter the corduroy jacket became a staple in the new dress code.
The FFA Creed
Crazy P Ranch is situated in the eastern foothills of the Big Horn Mountains approximately 15 miles south of Buffalo, Wyoming. The Ranch is comprised of 1,749± total acres of which 1,429± acres are deeded, 280± acres are State of Wyoming lease, and 40± acres are Bureau of Land Management lease. Located below the jagged Crazy Woman outcroppings, the breathtaking views are accentuated as the sun casts shadows across the rugged Bighorn Mountains. With 240± irrigated acres, lush fields attract an abundance of wildlife including whitetail deer, mule deer, antelope, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, pheasants, and turkeys. The improvements on the Ranch are well kept and provide not only functional buildings for the operations of the Ranch, but also a comfortable and private retreat for the owner to enjoy. The tree-lined driveway leading to the custom-designed log home reflects a standard of care that exceeds the norm. With exceptional scenic qualities, unlimited outdoor sporting opportunities, and modest agricultural production, Crazy P Ranch should be very appealing to buyers in today’s market.
4-H, a significant national organization for youth development and mentoring, is a program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). With the official emblem being a four-leaf clover, the 4 H’s stand for "Head, Heart, Hands and Health." The community of young people are focused on learning citizenship, leadership and life skills. It is offered to children ages 8-18 (possibly younger in some states) and continues to offer opportunity to young adults in the form of active alumni involvement. Youth are reached through camps, school and after-school enrichment programs.
Located 35 miles from Park City and 55 miles from Salt Lake City, 38 Special Ranch encompasses 757 deeded acres. Carefully managed, the mile-stretch of Chalk Creek that runs through the Ranch offers superb trout fishing. This riparian thread creates a natural habitat for mule deer and wildlife.
The mountain terrain and open meadow of native grass and irrigated land provide ideal grazing for a small herd of cattle during the summer months. Unencumbered by a large prestigious house, the next fortunate owner will be able to create a home to suit their needs. Several well-maintained and carefully-designed outbuildings exist for storage of vehicles and recreational toys.
Offered at $3,950,000
Buyer Represented by Swan Land Company Sam Sanders - Broker, Salt Lake City, Utah
Would you benefit with more knowledge to increase profits on your ranch or do you feel out of touch with the latest ranching trends regarding economics, agricultural-business structure and other ranch management practices? Most ranchers know how to raise livestock, but do you know how to build and run a business that raises livestock? The two are very different. One resource some ranchers and farmers are utilizing to gain ground is to enroll in the Ranching For Profit School. This school, run by Ranch Management Consultants empowers ranchers to transform their ranches and farms into sustainable businesses. Founded in 1981, the organization, with over 7,000 alumni worldwide, has improved the quality of rancher’s lives, the health of their land and the profitability of their businesses. The course has been offered not only in the United States and Canada, but also in Mexico, Australia and Africa.
Swan Land Company is excited to announce the listing of McGovern Ranch located near Nevada City, Montana.
The historic McGovern Ranch, in the beautiful Ruby River Valley, spans over 2,750± deeded acres plus an additional 800± acres of BLM lease land. With frontage along Alder Creek and in close proximity to the gold-mining towns of Virginia City and Nevada City, the Ranch affords a rare opportunity to own productive ground in an area rich with history. The Ranch provides solid grass production in the native range and is further enhanced with good water rights from Brown’s Gulch Creek, making the irrigated-pivot ground highly productive. The grazing land has been carefully managed and enhanced with numerous stock water facilities. The combination of live water and irrigated farmland also provides for exceptional wildlife habitat on the Ranch attracting big game from the surrounding land. A modest set of improvements are well maintained, including a historic cabin, a set of working corrals, and a tastefully-designed shop which was built in 2012.
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE - "MIKE SWAN - THE VALUES OF THE LAND" WRITTEN BY LORIE WOODWARD CANTU, WAS FEATURED IN THE WINTER 2015 ISSUE OF LAND, A LANDS OF AMERICA PUBLICATION.
When Mike Swan’s father, George, taught him the values of responsibility, hard work and protecting the family name as they worked side-by-side on the family’s commercial cow-calf ranch in Montana’s Ruby Valley, it wasn’t in anticipation of a phone call from the actress Jane Fonda.
“My phone rang one day and it was Jane Fonda,” said Swan, owner and managing broker of Swan Land Company in Bozeman, Mont. “She said, ‘I’ve heard your name in several of my circles and I think you’re someone I need to meet.’ All I could think was ‘How in the world would Jane Fonda know my name?’”
Montana State University Extension Service offers of wealth of knowledge to anyone searching for up to date research and information on a wide variety of agricultural and land ownership topics. As their mission statement states, “MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families and communities.”
Having just reached its 100 year anniversary, MSU Extension has played a key factor in supporting the local community. Originating in 1914 the bustling youth-development program promotes Montana 4-H and claims to be the largest out of school youth development program in Montana.
An often forgotten resource, the Extension Service’s free website provides a host of information at your fingertips. For those who have an interest in land management, crops, livestock, home gardening, youth development and many more topics, a visit to the online homepage is a great start.