How did you hear about Farm Link?
I have been a board member of CFAC since it was formed and endorsed this organization's establishment of a Farm Link program
Land Area41-100 acres
How many acres are available for agricultural production80 acres of irrigated cropland and 20-40 acres of dry land pasture
Current UseHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)
Water SourcesStream/Large creek, Well, Irrigation system
Are water rights available to these sources?Yes
What are the soil types on your property?20 acres of the crop land is covered with prime soil. When we upgraded the irrigation system, a NRCS soils scientist examined the additional 60 acres of crop land and stated that the soils covering it would also be classified as prime if it were not in the 100 year flood plain. We have been here for 78 years and have never experienced significant flooding on this acreage.
Structures/EquipmentBarn or shed for produce, livestock, or equipment storage, Animal pens, Other fencing, Irrigation equipment, Electricity
Would you be willing to mentor or advise the entering farmer or rancher?Yes
Please elaborate on your willingness to mentor or advise the entering farmer or rancher:I will be available to assist and advise the lessee with the operation of the irrigation system and pass on farming/ranching suggestions.
Are you currently living on the farm or ranch?Yes
Do you intend to remain on the land?Yes
In your judgment, which crops/agricultural purposes are best suited to your land and which would you support on your land?Hay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Please elaborate on the crops/agricultural purposes that are best suited to your land:During the 78 years I have lived on the family farm/ranch, we have successfully followed a large variety of agricultural practices. From my experience any type of grain flourishes here to include wheat, barley, oats, corn and rye. Sugar beets were a historically sound cash crop as were the many varieties of vegetables we sold at the first Farmer's Market here in Missoula. At one time we ran a small dairy selling cheese milk. For many years now we have focused on a modest sized cow/calf operation using approximately half of the land for summer pasture with the remainder set aside for the production of winter hay for the cattle.
Please summarize your long-term goals regarding your land:When we purchased this land in 1938, the entire Missoula Valley was devoted to farming and ranching. At that time, in the depths of the Great Depression, those of us who lived on the land developed an everlasting appreciation for the rich soil resource which covered much of the entire valley. We knew that as long as we lived on the land we would never go hungry. As the years went by and the old timers died, their heirs forgot that lesson and proceeded to sell much of this valuable resource for development. In following my responsibility as a faithful land steward, I placed our entire property in a conservation easement which prohibits development. As a result, this land will be available for agriculture in perpetuity. Now at an age at which I can no longer shoulder much of the farm work, I have leased much of the land for the past 13 years to lessees who have raised hay as a cash crop. I plan to continue rent the property to responsible land stewards and would be pleased to agree to a long term lease. I am open to the farming of many kinds of crops and/or livestock operations. My goal is to care for this highly productive land and to care for it for the use by future generations.
What kind of additional training/information would help you with the transfer process? Please check all that apply and feel free to elaborate below.Production, Goal setting, Decision making