Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (over 3 years), Informal 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 am currently in my last year at SDSU where I am finishing my degree in Ecology & Rangeland Management. I currently work seasonally as a Rangeland Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho overseeing grazing permits and monitoring the land. My primary responsibilities are being a good husband, father, and child of God. I served 8 year in the armed forces and did a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I have technical, managerial, and mechanical experience from my time in the service as well as working for the DOD as a F-22 fighter get structures mechanic. I have been a foreman on a 400hd + ranch where I oversaw the pasture rotations and health of various herds to ensure compliance of our grazing permits and leases. As well as oversaw all stages of forage production. I have bought, sold, bred, and tagged my own livestock throughout the years as well but do not currently farm or ranch on my own in any capacity. I successfully hold a Class A CDL, FFA UAV pilot licenses ,wildland firefighter and select sires AI certifications. I do not currently farm or ranch on my own but I do participate on my families row crop farm.
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
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I have plans on running a sustainable cow/calf operation geared in holistic management with low input practices. Depending on the setting, I would look into diversifying the operation with agritourism and or hunting to capitalize on western culture and beauty while simultaneously contributing cash flow to the ranch.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.I plan on using a Holistic and sustainable approach where I am constantly managing for plants and animals as a whole. With utilizing smaller grazing paddock the goal is to enhance ecological and livestock performance with equally distributed animal disturbance. This management plan overtime will lead to increased soil health and greater diversity in native plant species, thus lengthening the grazing season and or increasing carrying capacity.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Lease, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explain*Buy herd over 1-3 years then purchase and or lease.
*Looking to utilize FSA loan
*partial owner financing
I am looking for an operation that is realistically agriculturally priced, cash flow and ability to provide a living.