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There is agricultural property all over the United States, and with investors looking for new places to store their money, these ranches and farms for sale are getting a closer look. Whether you prefer ranch land to raise and graze livestock, or one of the more than 2.2 million farms in the U.S. that produce other crops, ag land is a wonderful long-term investment.
Not everyone is cut out for farm life. Some people really do prefer the office job and lonely cubicle, annoying coworkers, no windows and a horrible boss breathing down their neck. Some people, however, prefer the change of pace that comes from investing in ag property.
You can find ranches and farms for sale in all 50 states, but before you do, it’s important to understand why so many people are leaving city life behind.
Be Your Own Boss
Combined, ag real estate in the U.S. amounts to more than $2 trillion, so you could say that it’s a lucrative industry. If you really put in the effort and do it right, you can make a very healthy living as an ag producer.
And what’s better than being your own boss? You get to dictate exactly how everything is handled. Maybe you actually do have another career that you enjoy, and want to find ranches and farms for sale just as a second career or a summer home for the family, that’s fine, too. It’s entirely up to you to decide how you want to use this ag property. That’s the beauty of being your own boss.
Better Than City Living
If you’re on the fence about finding ranches and farms for sale, spend some time away from the city and discover why people are happier out in the country. Some people enjoy the constant sounds of chaos in urban settings, but farmers and ranchers like a little more peace and quiet.
Whether you’re living on beautiful California farmland or cattle ranches in Texas, the ag lifestyle can be much more fulfilling than living in a NYC loft. It’ll just be you, your livestock, your family, the stars and all the other peaceful sounds of nature.
Great Place to Raise a Family
The family benefits of living on ag property are well worth it. Even if it’s just a hunting ranch to visit in the summers, your children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and anyone else that comes and visits will surely make memories every time they stop by. If it’s just you and the family living on the property — even better. You’ll be able to teach your kids the meaning of a hard day’s work. They’ll learn valuable life lessons than many adults never even come close to learning.
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This summer, a Montana photographer won an international photography competition with a stunning photograph that might just be the most American thing you see all summer. The photograph perfectly captures the stunning beauty of large Montana ranches and recalls a simpler period of American history.
Agricultural production occurs in all 50 states and has been a part of this great country since its founding. Owning ag land in the U.S. can be a wonderful investment too, as the combined agricultural real estate value in this country amounts to approximately $2 trillion. And when you work in agriculture real estate, it can be easy to become desensitized to the raw beauty of America’s farmlands. Almost.
According to KBZK, Todd Klassy, of Harve, Montana, won the top prize this month in an international photography contest. Klassy was awarded the Star Prize for Agriculture Photography thanks to his pictures of large Montana ranches. The competition has been held every year for more than two decades, and the last time a photographer from the U.S. took home first place was in 2004.
“I am elated. I couldn’t be happier,” Klassy said. “When you make a career for yourself as a farm and ranch photographer this is a pinnacle of achievement. I couldn’t be more honored.”
The awarded was given by the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists (IFAJ), which recognizes overall excellence in agro photography from all over the world.
Despite being the victor, Klassy had no idea that he had won anything until the day of the ceremony. A ceremony — held in Bonn, Germany — that he did not even attend.
“They invited me to attend but didn’t tell me I had won anything,” said Klassy. “My little brother got married this weekend in California so I just couldn’t make it.”
Klassy received a strange text from Germany during the ceremony and finally figured out what he had won.
Over the last few months, Klassy’s award-winning photo has been published by major publications including National Geographic and Western Horseman. The mountainous large Montana ranches where Klassy shoots includes some of the most beautiful pieces of agricultural property in existence, as the judges of the competition realized.
While agriculture photography might sound like a small niche, the growing market for farm real estate, including Montana cattle ranches for sale, creates plenty of work for photographers. Whether you’re looking to photograph large Montana ranches, settle down on California farmland, or invest in cattle ranches in Texas (which is the number one state in terms of ag real estate value), there are plenty of properties out there for you to discover.
Despite all the latest technological gadgets and Internet inventions, the agricultural industry is still at the heart of American industry. The combined real estate value of ag land in the U.S. is approximately $2 trillion. In states like Texas — where one in seven workers is in an ag-related field — the agriculture industry contributes more than $36 billion to the state’s economy every year.
If you want to join this wonderful industry, there are cattle ranches for sale and other ranch properties all over the United States. Of course, not everyone can afford to invest in massive ranch properties. Fortunately, there are tons of ways to gain experience in the agriculture industry, no matter how little experience you have. Every year, college students, corporate leaders, and city dwellers decide to join the ag industry.
So if you’re considering investing in ranch properties, or if you want to get real-world experience with a career in agriculture, then here are a few potential agricultural-related jobs you might want to consider:
Ag Engineering — It might require a little more education than some other fields, but this is one of the most important parts of the industry. Especially in this digital world, developing new ways to handle our crops, livestock and property is an exciting new field. If you decide to pursue this career path, you can focus on specific niches within the ag engineering category, including crop engineer, structural engineer, machine design, sanitary handling and bio-processing.
Animal Science — For those of you who got into the ag industry to be around animals in the first place, the animal science field may be perfect for you. Again, more schooling might be needed to pursue this career opportunity, but if you’re serious about doing something you love for a living, this will be well worth it. Many ranch properties and farms also allow people to sign up for a season-long course to get experience up close and personal.
Ag Communications — An important part of any industry, communications makes it possible for people to know what’s going on in the industry. Because this industry is so huge, like any other large industry, you’ll find that a small army of PR people, journalists, reporters, and marketing experts are necessary for the success of the industry. Depending on if you think you’ll like this kind of work, you can become a farm news reporter, an advertising specialist, a sales manager, or even help sell ranch land for sale.
There are ranch properties all over the world that are waiting for you to make your mark. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering what might have been.
By: Christy Belton
Tucked up against the steep valley shaped by Mt. Pau and rising to the Routt National Forest, Taylor Canyon Ranch is an easily accessible, well located holding north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Encompassing 133 acres, the ranch has a comfortable home, historic barn and charming cabin. Traditionally used as a big game outfitting base camp and horse property, the ranch is fenced into several pastures for easy livestock management and rotation. Tall cottonwood trees line the creek, which during the spring and summer tumbles from the upper reaches of the ranch. The paved driveway meanders through the trees and along the creek; it is an inviting setting in the sought after Elk River Valley of northwest Colorado.
Across the United States, nearly 920 million acres of land are used for agriculture, and the average farmland spans 435 acres. Around one-third of all those acres are managed by full owners — that’s a lot of area for one person or team to operate and oversee.
What if there were an easier way? What if there was sufficient technology that could help California farmland and vineyard operators manage their fields, or that could span all of Wyoming’s 30 million acres of production fields in a breeze?
That’s precisely what the drone industry could bring to agriculture. While we may tend to think of drones as new-age toys for kids or high-tech tools for military ops, their ability to fly over land and remotely deliver high-quality images, information, and data gives them obvious relevance to the farmland real estate realm.
Drones can monitor crops for fertilizer and water distribution; they can assess soil quality, crop health, yields, and changes to farmland productivity over years of time. They can enhance both the quality and quantity of crops — that is, if Americans will ever be allowed to use them.
New drone technologies were recently being tested for farm applications in North Dakota, which is one of the only states that currently allows drone aircraft to soar above the 200-foot altitude limit set in place for the rest of the country.
According to ABC News, the test drone is a Hermes 450, which boasts a wingspan of 35 feet, flies at altitudes up to 8,000 feet, and can cover an area four miles wide by 40 miles long.
“Absolutely, this is really exciting,” drone pilot Matthew Mason said from Fargo. “With this camera we can count seeds and all sorts of stuff. The capabilities are like, wow, this is crazy.”
Farmers and local developers are also excited. “This is new technology,” said Alyssa Scheve, an agent who communicates with area farmers. “As we know, farmers are innovators, so this is right up their alley.”
Equestrian properties have many uses, most of which obviously involve horses. However, a new report shows that equestrian properties are being used in new ways that involve medical treatment.
NBC reports that in Ohio, a new program is being implemented that will use horses as a therapy treatment for those struggling with cancer.
Serenity Farm Equestrian Center and the Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio have teamed up to provide free equestrian therapy to cancer patients of all ages.
“The horses have healed me,” said Kathleen Fincher, a Serenity Farm volunteer who is going through stage IV breast cancer. “They have been with me through my tears, through my anger, through everything I’ve been through.”
Fincher has been battling cancer since 2007 and rather than letting her cancer diagnosis negatively affect her, she helps out at Serenity Farms a few times a week.
Fincher, along with Debra DeHoff, Serenity Farm Founder, and Jean Schoen, Cancer Connection founder, are trying to start the first ever equestrian therapy program for those suffering from cancer.
Schoen hopes that this new program will provide great care for cancer patients and will help them heal and think less about the negative things they cannot change.
“I started in order to provide the types of support and guidance that I wish my family had when we went through it.”
There is a total of eight horses that will be used specifically for cancer therapy on the farm.
“Every cancer patient is different,” Fincher said. “I’m assuming I’m not the only one who has bottled my feelings up inside. These horses can help release that to give some people some healing.”
Clearly, therapy sessions with majestic horses are another amazing benefit of equestrian properties, particularly for those struggling with cancer.
There are so many ways such agricultural property can be used and it’s up to the owners to find new, creative, helpful ideas like Serenity Farms.
Across the U.S., there are about 920 million acres of farmland and agro-production is happening in every single state. Just the real estate value alone of all this land brings in about $2 trillion. Whether you are looking for cattle ranches for sale, hunting property, equestrian property, or any other type of land, you can find it and you can do great and creative things with your property.
By Christy Belton
While I attended a class on weeds, the instructor touched on a question I often hear from buyers or new owners of acreage: Can I plow up the sagebrush and replace it with grass? The simple answer may seem to be to cultivate the ground but if you do that to permanent pasture or rangeland, consider a few thoughts. To cultivate the ground requires specific equipment (plow, large disk, and a tractor big enough to handle it); a large area of bare soil is exposed to erosion and invasion by weeds; and if adverse environmental conditions exist (drought) the whole process may need to be repeated. Additionally, the seed itself can be expensive so it is certainly an investment in both time and money. You can check with the Routt County extension office and the NRCS (Soil Conservation) for more information on managing sagebrush on your Colorado ranch. Search all Colorado ranches for sale here.
Because of all its land conditions and natural resources, the U.S. has been one of the world’s leading agricultural producers for decades. About five years ago, the agro industry employed more than 750,000 people and brought in over $374 billion to the U.S. economy.
Not only does this iconic industry have so many benefits for the economy and job market, but for individual property owners as well. There are beautiful agro properties all across these great states that are waiting for you to start your career as an agricultural producer.
Texas is cattle ranch country. If you’re serious about becoming a rancher, then there is no other state more perfect than the Lone Star State. Nearly one out of every seven working Texans works on a ranch or another agriculture-related field — so you will always be surrounded by fellow ranchers who love land just as much as you.
Along with the quality ranches Texas has to offer, they also lead the country in overall agro land real estate value. Talk to your real estate agent about finding quality cattle ranches for sale today.
Another superstar player in the agricultural production industry is the Golden State. With the amount of crops available to produce, this country-leading, crop-producing state offers you a chance to earn a living producing just about anything. In California, you can start a career producing one of the 66 crops this great state has to offer, including pomegranates, walnuts, almonds, raisins, olives, kiwis and so much more. Of course, you can find other types of properties in this West Coast state, so the land you choose to buy is entirely up to you.
The Equality State, with over 30 million acres of land specifically used for agricultural production, is a great place to begin, continue, or finish up a career in the industry. Crop production coming from Wyoming amounted to over $520 million 2013 and that seems to still be on the rise. Home to the famous 1,800-acre Walton Ranch, you can find cattle ranches, luxury ranches, and many other types of property bordering the beautiful Grand Teton Mountain Range or Yellowstone National Park.
Due to climate change, Saudi Arabia is experiencing a debilitating drought, which is hindering their ability to grow alfalfa. So, in order to feed their cows, a Saudi-owned dairy company, Almarai, has bought up massive amounts of farmland in California. Yes, the dangerously drought-stricken U.S. state, California.
As it turns out, approximately 100 billion gallons of water per year is used to produce feed for foreign cattle. The U.S. is receiving compensation for these exports; however, this forces the U.S. to bear the burden of providing water to the rest of the world when we don’t even have enough groundwater in some parts of the country to meet the basic needs of our own residents.
Yet, foreign companies who can no longer support their businesses in the conditions present on their own soil are snatching up California farmland for sale. Almarai has now purchased around 14,000 acres of farmland in the western region of the United States.
There are just over 2.2 million active farms in the U.S. and California farms lead the nation in the growth of 66 crops, including artichokes, dates, raisins, pistachios, pomegranates, sweet rice, and walnuts. Despite its current environmental setbacks, California’s top three agricultural exports are almonds, dairy, and wine, and about two out of every five acres of crops grown by American farmers are exported elsewhere. Additionally, about 25% of California-grown alfalfa is being exported across the globe to feed foreign cattle.
The selling of farmland real estate and the practice of exporting crops to foreign businesses and consumers are not the problems for those who have expressed concern. Rather, critics are worried about the amount of water that is going towards growing the specific crop: alfalfa. Alfalfa is known as one of the most water-intensive crops around, and California does not have a lot of water to spare.
It is not just Saudi Arabia. In fact, China, Japan, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates also grow significant amounts of alfalfa in the United States. But why are these countries choosing the United States as the ideal place to grow their water-sucking crops? It is because of how our government subsidizes agriculture. It is a good thing that the U.S. government contributes in order to feed the nation, but when that agriculture is being shipped halfway around the world, and our residents never see a morsel, that is when people become concerned.
Spring has been a long time coming here in northwest Colorado. All of the locals say “this is how it used to be” but I often think those folks are just reminiscent of the good old days – Mother Nature has a way of keeping us on our toes and in my 30+ years here every year has been different. Last spring the snow was off of the Elk River Valley hay meadows by April 1 and the following 3 months made up for the light snowpack with an abundance of rain….it was a record hay crop! The year before, we were checking calves in May on a snowmobile. You never know what hand the weather will deal you but one thing I’ve learned in ranching and in showing ranches, even the worst hand provides a moment to snap a photo of a bright, new wildflower defying the cold and reminding me that summer is just around the corner.