Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years)
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.I grew up in wheat farming as my family owns and operates an 800 acre dry land farm in Lake County. Growing up, I worked closely with my father and grandfather in an informal apprenticeship where I learned most of my farming skills/knowledge. I left the farm and moved to Missoula to go to college at the University of Montana in 2011. While there, I obtained a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree and furthered my farm education/skills on my own via online and book resources. Since graduating, I have been working as a sales/customer success independent contractor for remote companies (one of which was an international tax management company) while also working to start my own farming operation and get back to doing what I love. Therefore, my fiancee (my farming partner) and I are looking for land to lease and are flexible on location. She is also an independent contractor and manages customers for a company that provides an equipment inspection software to Case/New Holland agriculture dealers. Working there the past 1.5 years, she has gained in-depth knowledge of equipment maintenance procedures and has gathered valuable contacts in the equipment industry.
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
Acreage11-40, 41-100, 101-500, 500+
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Grain
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Soil and land type permitting, we plan to run an irrigated wheat, pulse crop, and alfalfa/grass hay farm. We are primarily looking to lease land, but would love the opportunity to purchase property as well. We will be engaging in a no-till practice to conserve soil moisture, combat soil erosion, and minimize operating costs. We are open to running a dry land operation if no suitable irrigated land is available; however, we prefer irrigation for long term sustainability and profitability of our operation.
Lastly, we have a long term goal of transitioning our operation to Organic Certified. However, due to the 3 year time requirement for transitioning from conventional to organic and the additional associated costs, we plan on following a conventional farming method for the first few years until our operation is off the ground, at which point we will hopefully be able to make the transition to organic.