Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, 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 am currently employed by Friesen Harvesting based out of Meade, KS. While we all run all of their equipment, I primarily have been running truck for the operation. Prior to this, I had worked on a number of livestock and crop operations in both Pennsylvania, my home state, and Montana after moving west. Responsibilities have ranged from flood, pivot, and wheel line irrigation, field work, cattle ranching, show cattle, and other general farm work. I have had the privilege of growing up on a farm and have completed one year of a Livestock Management degree at Montana State University.
CountiesCascade, Chouteau, Flathead, Gallatin, Lewis & Clark, Liberty
Acreage6-10, 11-40, 41-100, 101-500, 500+
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Grain, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.While I would imagine the specifics of any potential operation would depend upon the setup and capabilities of the land, I would foresee myself aspiring to diversify the operation to help manage risk in the form of a crop and forage rotation along with some livestock. I would also plan to support the farm by custom farming, be it haying, spraying, or some other specialized service that would be profitable given the area.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Partnership, RSA Grass Link, Open to other arrangements
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:While I have had some training and am continuing to gain experience in the industry, the management of any operation seems to be a skill I could greatly improve upon. I would find working alongside a current farmer to be extremely helpful to see what methods he has used to make his operation successful, especially from a management and financial standpoint.