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Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a Ranch Investor? We give unique insider-perspective to local and regional markets, as well as processes and procedures that prospective investors may take to accomplish their goals of becoming an investor, giving specific tools and aspects used to analyze ranch values and markets. Due-diligence, asset analysis, risk management, identifying opportunity, deal-flow, and transaction process are a few of the mentioned areas of topic. We interview industry experts and share our knowledge on how to invest in and manage your own ranching operation.
23 Episodes
Carbon markets are currently one of the hottest, most talked about topics in ranch investing.  And why not?  As one of the most promising solutions for combating climate change, there is the potential for landowners to get rewarded for their sustainable practices via this emerging new market.In this episode, we hear from Chris Mehus, Ranch Programs Director for Western Sustainability Exchange, out of Livingston Montana.  Chris shares his wealth of information and experience in regenerative ranching, agricultural economics, and the emerging carbon market.
Blockchain, NFTs, Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts, Tokenized Investing… What does this all mean for ranch investing?Tune in to hear our thought-leader, Certified Financial Advisor, and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Sean Puckett try to tell us old cowboys where the technology age is taking us.
Within your “bundle of rights” for ranch, ownership could be minerals. One of Montana’s most successful Wildcatters joins us to share his experience developing minerals and marketing oil & gas, as well as his own experience of investing in western ranches for the many benefits, rights, and amenities beyond minerals.Listen in to legendary (and lively) Oil-man Tom Hauptman as he shares his experience buying, selling, owning, and managing livestock ranches and mineral rights.
How do we navigate the gentrification of western lands and communities? What impact does this have on the culture of rural communities? We hear from one of the most experienced conservation easement appraisers in the nation. Mrs. Bennett also has a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology.Kim has lived in, watched, and experienced the 30-year transition from close-knit, farmer-supported, multi-generational communities to absentee-owned, recreational, and tourist-based economies. What effect does this have on the legacy and identity of these agricultural areas? What personal values (and land values) are changing with the attrition of “locals” seeking “economic refuge?”Tune in to hear quite possibly the deepest discussion we have had on the podcast.
With over 30 years of experience as an Accredited Farm Manager who has professionally administered some of the largest and most diverse farms and ranches in the US, hear what actually goes in to being a professional farm/ranch manager and why this should be deemed as an investment or an asset, rather than an expense.Many ranch investors believe this position is superfluous or redundancy, however, if your goal is ROI, wouldn’t you consider your investment in a professional farm/ranch manager as a way to reduce risk, cut costs, and improve yield as well as asset appreciation if they are providing 3X the annualized economic value to what they cost?If you are questioning the value of professional ranch management, start with the best and hear it directly from the horse’s mouth here.
Are “environmental markets” the future for Ranch Investors?Hear what the guys from think about carbon credits, habitat offsets, and the future of solar, wind, ecosystem services.Officially known as Magnolia, we hear their mission of restoring and conserving critical habitat to provide mitigation credits for customers needing to offset their unavoidable environmental impacts.Magnolia is an environmental organization that develops restoration and conservation projects through the sale of compensatory mitigation credits. They partner with landowners across the United States to achieve the standards in environmental stewardship, while providing permitting solutions for customers. With over 10,000 acres under conservation in twelve active states, Magnolia is pioneering a new era in environmental stewardship.
Everyone thinks it’s a great idea, but most are skeptical it will work. Does this sound like the makings of a wildly successful entrepreneur? Well, it should, and just like ranching, you can’t be afraid to go against the grain, be the black sheep, prove the haters wrong, and be a herd-cutter.In ranching slang, a “herd cutter” is the cow who does not march with the rest. She cuts away from the herd, goes her own way, and is thus whipped and beat-down for it. Much like begrudging neighbors who can’t stomach your evolving ranching operation.Nic de Castro is that cow; there is no shortage of pessimists who told him “that will never work.”Tune in and find out how he is lettin’ the haters hate but more importantly take down some notes of how you can add value to your ranch investment, how you can monetize your conservation and recreation enterprises for a higher annual yield above livestock.Nic de Castro is an entrepreneur based in Bozeman, MT where he continues to build LandTrust.
Don’t listen to the coffee-shop talk, it’s not that simple. What a complex, surprising, unusual, and truly intriguing, and exciting year 2020 was to launch a podcast about Ranch Investing. To say the market “went crazy” is an understatement!!Tune in to our inaugural episode to hear a summary of 2020’s wild ride, what to look forward to in 2021’s ranch real estate market, and what we have in store for Season II. We keep improving this podcast, the audience keeps growing, and our guests keep delivering.These “unprecedented” times (if you’re not sick of that word yet) are actually very fun in all their challenges for us.
Want to know what goes on behind the scenes here at Ranch Investor Podcast? In this episode, we invite our audience to actively participate in the production of our high-quality content. This episode is all about you the audience, the listener. You are why we do this so grab a pen, take some notes, listen in, and please reach out with your thoughts after listening to this behind the scenes episode as we pull the curtains back on our Wizard of Oz.
Don't be "that guy"... without looking across the fence and making value-judgments of our neighbors, Jess Peterson eloquently states how you can do more with your ranch investment. From maximizing your ecological and conservation goals, to actually having a positive community impact around your ranch, as well as what you can do to be part of the bigger picture for the Beef Industry. Key takeaways from this episode should actually be "You Don't Have To Be That Guy." You don't have to lock your gates or try to steamroll your neighbors if there's good community rapport. You don't have to be an absentee "ghostlike" owner who only comes around but twice a year and contributes nothing to your local community or the Beef Industry itself. You don't have to be that guy playing Kevin Costner on Yellowstone while knowing nothing about the communal and ecological impacts of your ranch investment. Your Hobby/Recreation Ranch can holistically serve multiple purposes and Jess does a fine job here discussing how you might sincerely approach that issue, even if you only bought it to play dress-up.With nearly 15 years of experience in the policy, communications, and executive management arena, Jess Peterson built a firm and team that delivers high–level results for a premier class of clients.  Western Skies Strategies provides executive management services along with federal, state and local level advocacy along with strategic consulting. Mr. Peterson is proud to lead a management team that drives results in the boardroom, a policy team that delivers successes in the conference room and a skilled communications team that propels the winning message.  Mr. Peterson is a proud alumnus of Miles Community College and Gonzaga University. Jess splits time between the WSS office in Washington, DC and Billings, MT.  Thanks to their mother, he and his wife have two incredibly beautiful and intelligent children.  Mr. Peterson spends too much time in the office, but treasures every moment doing anything underneath Montana’s “Big Sky” - especially working the family’s cattle operation. Learn more about his company here:
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 while he was in town presenting to Lawyers and Ranch Brokers from across the west on his firm's ability to audit, verify, engineer, and even market water rights with their respective projects, uses, and applications. Today's land investing might be more about speculating on the minerals, water, solar, and wind than running sheep and cows so this episode is a good opportunity to get introduced to just how you go about perfecting that value of your ranch investment.
Estate and Tax Planning Specialist Joel Silverman of Silverman Law and MTBIZVLOG joins us to talk about the do's and don'ts of Opportunity Zone investing for Farm and Ranch.Joel Silverman, CEO and Attorney of Silverman Law Office, PLLC was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He moved to Missoula in 1992, and received his B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana in 1997.   He received his law degree from Lewis and Clark College in 2003 and an LL.M. (master’s degree) in Taxation from the University of Washington in 2004. Joel is a published author with several published books on business, taxes and estate planning. Joel’s business career began in high school, when he started his own fly tying company and taught fly tying and fly-fishing classes.  Silverman Law Office, PLLC was opened in May of 2012, when Joel recognized that there was a large need for a business and estate planning law office, that did more than just repeat the law to the client.  Joel realized individuals and businesses need lawyers that focus on the client’s goals and needs, rather than just the clients’ legal issues.Joel’s practice focuses on assisting individuals and businesses with business law, tax, succession planning, employment issues, mergers and acquisitions, wills, trusts, property transactions, liquor and gambling law, and oil and natural gas law. Additionally, Joel has been coaching and consulting various businesses to deal with the new world of marketing and business practices.
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 income and capital improvements? Find out now.Farmers Union Insurance  has been in business in Hardin, MT since 1968. The agency began with the hard work of Missy's dad, the late Dennis Wacker, and her mom, Debbie Wacker, who still works in the office. Missy was born and raised in Big Horn County and loves it! Agriculture is in her blood and sometimes under her fingernails. She is determined to provide the same level of service to her clients in the culture that her father created for their agency. 
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 water rights in Montana and what to do in a property rights dispute.Hertha is a Montana native, growing up on ranches around Browning and Lewistown. Hertha played basketball and was a member of the rodeo team at Montana State University before transferring to Temple University where she graduated with a degree in journalism. She then covered policy issues in Washington, D.C. for the American Farm Bureau Federation before coming back to Montana for law school. While in law school, Hertha was the co-Editor in Chief of the Montana Law Review. After law school, Hertha clerked for the Honorable Loren Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She is a frequent lecturer on property rights, water rights, and teaches eminent domain continuing legal education courses to other Montana attorneys.Hertha has now been defending landowners’ property rights in the West for nearly twenty five years. Hertha is the only attorney member in Montana of the Owner’s Counsel of America. Hertha practices in the areas of property rights litigation, eminent domain, water rights, and other general litigation. She can be reached at
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 who has years of background with crops from Colorado to Canada.Kate studied dryland no-till systems at Colorado State University before coming to Montana.  Over the last ten plus years, she has assisted the regions farmers and ranchers to implement cover crops, no-till practices, crop rotations and other soil health practices. In 2014 Kate and her husband, Marcus, started North 40 Ag to increase the availability of seed for his family farm and to provide an educational outlet for others to improve their operations. From consulting, scouting fields, soil sampling and more, Vogel continues to be a voracious promoter of regenerative agriculture to the community, and state around her. In addition to the rewarding career at North 40 Ag, Marcus and Kate have a daughter, Collins, born in 2019 and she is busy checking fields, riding in the tractor, or mixing seed with them.
Why are ranches SO DAMN Expensive? Or are they?? In this episode the hosts discuss their frustrations on pricing ranches, observations in the market, and why this is a very imperfect process. Learn what a good value is here, a good deal, and how not to be unrealistic in your expectations as a buyer and seller.Join hosts Colter DeVries, 5th generation Montana Rancher and Land Broker with Clark & Associates and Andy Rahn, Founder of Montana Land Source, Montana's only source of ALL  large-acreage Montana land listings and sales... including farm, ranch and recreational properties in one map, for this informative episode!
Want to know how to do it right? We hear from Shaelyn Bauer and her new baby, Diehl, on all things regenerative grazing, holistic management, sustainable ranching operations, and natural resource management. This is where you make your money in ranch ownership and Shaelyn is here to tell you how.Born and raised on a ranch in Eastern Montana, Shaelyn is now the founder of H Open A Ranch Consulting, where she provides grazing management and monitoring support to livestock producers. Focusing on Holistic Grazing Management, she has a background in natural resources, ecological health assessment and managed intensive grazing systems and a degree in Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems - Emphasis in Livestock Production from Montana State University-Bozeman. 
What is your exit plan and how do you avoid paying the piper on all that taxable-gain you've just incurred from the sale of your ranch? Don't have a ranch but want one? Here's how you can use the tax code to your benefit the exchange into a ranch. Be prepared to drink through a fire-hose on this episode, their is an abundance of information for those who invest in real estate and would like to move assets or portfolio allocation to farms and ranches.Max A. Hansen, a Montana native, joined Accruit after 27 years as President and CEO of American Equity Exchange, one of the first Section 1031 qualified intermediary companies in the Rocky Mountain Region. For over 40 years, Max has helped taxpayers and real estate professionals successfully complete property exchanges.As an attorney and Certified Exchange Specialist™, Max has been assisting clients in real estate transactions involving exchanges for over 42 years. Max is licensed to practice and an active member of the State Bars of Montana, Idaho, Utah and California. He is a Past President of the State Bar of Montana and was State Bar Delegate and ABA delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates for over 20 years He served on various ABA committees including the Nominating Committee and the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and remains a member of the Committee on Sales, Exchanges and Basis of the ABA Section of Taxation.
One of the most experienced appraisers in Montana joins us for this episode in which Colter gets down to business, even challenging Jim on some of his past work. This episode will help ranch investors understand the valuation methods and how professional appraisers and veterans of the industry come up with their opinion; the good, the bad, and the ugly of taking a hardline and objective position on something so vaguely ambiguous and subjective as ranch real estate.Jim French specializes in... Access/Flowage Easements, Agricultural Appraisals, Agricultural Mortgage Loans, Agricultural Land: Appraisal, Auctions/Farmland, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, Commercial Appraisal, Estates/Planning, Expert Witness, Farm/Ranch Appraisals, Acquisitions/Analysis, Farmsteads (Rural Residences), Government Appraisal Work, Government Leases/Permits, Insurance/Insurance Company Loans, Land Appraisals/Division/Exchanges, Lease Fee/Leaseheld/Leases, Livestock Appraisals, Livestock General, Cow/Calf, Loan Originator, Mortgage Banking/Financing, Personal Property, Cattle, Real Estate Auction/Sales/Broker/Financing/Loans/Investments Residential Appraising, Rural Property Appraisals, Rural Land Appraising, Single Family Residences and is based in the Billings, MT area. 
What the heck is going on with the ranch land markets!?? Without having a glass-ball to forecast the future, is now the time buy? In this episode, long-time ranch appraisal veteran Harlan Lund gives us his thoughts on just that, but maybe it's a seller's market right now?! Hear what the experts think is going to happen.Harlan Lund comes from one of the first ranch families in Montana. Over 32 years in the appraisal industry, Harlan now works for Northwest Farm Credit, supervising the appraisal staff here in Montana and reviews appraisals throughout MT, ID, OR, WA. He's got experience working with dairies, timber and farm and ranch properties. 
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