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The Four Horsemen Can Help Answer Your Big Questions

  As a serious farmer or rancher, you probably have a lot of questions running through your mind:  “How can we run this operation better?” “Are my kids ready to take over?” “Could I get sued and lose everything?” “What happens if I die tomorrow?”    You might have talked to an attorney, accountant, banker, financial […]

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Montana Stockgrowers Association – Life Planning Seminar: Part 2

Are 1031s Good or Bad? I would call myself 1031 neutral. They have to fit and sometimes we try too hard to make them fit. I see it both ways in going to a larger property or downsizing or selling off a small chunk. Both ways have their strategies and reasons for the transaction. I […]

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Montana Stockgrowers Association – Life Planning Seminar Part: 1

Eating Sunshine A roundtable discussion with The Four Horsemen 2017 MT Stockgrowers Convention Dec. 13-14, 2017 How do you eat sunshine? Simply by doing your life’s work. Every day, you convert sunshine, water, and dirt into food through your livestock or crops. That food is converted into money and then into the things you need […]

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Crisis of Aging Montana Ranchers and Farmers

Updated 1/2/18 Aging Montana Ranchers and Farmers  Over the past 30 years, the average age of farmers and ranchers has increased nearly 8 years. Currently, the average farmer or rancher in the United States is 60 years old. The average age of Montana ranchers and farmers is over 60 years old. This presents a tremendous […]

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Women in Montana Ranching

Updated 12/15/17 Montana is viewed as a rough and tumble place where being a rancher requires grit and toughness few possess. What I have found is a bunch of those gritty and tough ranchers are women. Women in Montana ranching are successful women who either partner with their husband or go it alone in helping […]