Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersGeneral college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Heavy Equipment experience / Class A CDL Heavy Hauling experience / Pilot / Marketing
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.Real Estate business development for a Title and Escrow company. My background extends into real estate banking and construction loan structures. I have a degree in Advertising and a background in customer service as well from in my college years. I know how to work with people and sell products as well as operate heavy equipment. In the army I was a UH 60 mechanic (blackhawk helicopter) so I understand how to work on the big Iron as well as heavy hauling. Starting in 1986 to 1991 I started helping farmers and ranchers through bucking hay bales. Typically we would get 3 cuts per year. My grandfather owned a 90 acre hay farm in Ohio that I would coordinate my summer trip to visit with a cutting so I could help him as well. This allowed me to usually assist with 4 cuttings per summer as they have a different weather. It also allowed me to view different types of hay processing in different types of weather. Out west where its more dry we would use a swather and then bale. In the east with humid conditions we would cut the hay let it dry and then rake it into swath lines, let it dry some more and then bale it. I also assisted driving grain truck for wheat production.
CountiesAnaconda-Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Big Horn, Blaine, Broadwater, Butte-Silver Bow, Carbon, Carter, Cascade, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Flathead, Gallatin, Garfield, Glacier, Golden Valley, Granite, Hill, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lake, Lewis & Clark, Liberty, Lincoln, Madison, McCone, Meagher, Mineral, Missoula, Musselshell, Park Livingston, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Prairie, Ravalli, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sanders, Sheridan, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Wibaux, Yellowstone
Acreage41-100, 101-500, 500+
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard, Other
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Ideally I would like a Grass or grain operation that allows for more heavy equipment and less human labor. I would consider a "farm to table" operation that has a retail operation associated with produce from my farm or other local farmers.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.conventional methods with Heavy equipment. I would entertain any organic types of farming if they were profitable.
Transition ArrangementsCropshare, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainAs a person in the real estate industry I understand how to structure a win win deal for everyone. If a farmer is looking for a exit strategy to pass their farm on to another person and keep it as a community / state resource rather than a corporate asset. I can take over and share profit and or structure a deal that allows for a future purchase with sweat equity. I can also help maximize current and future profits with possible retail sales depending on location.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:I'm always open to new training of any kind. I consider myself about the most well rounded professional you could ever meet. With a background ranging from banking, real estate and heavy equipment operation and aviation. I can do it all. But having said that... I love to learn everything there is to a new venture. I'm all ears to learning the tricks of the trade.