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The Montana Stockgrowers Annual Convention & Trade Show

By: Mike McDonnell

The Montana Stockgrowers Annual Convention & Trade Show was held in Billings last week. Marking the 130th year, this annual event brings cattle producers from throughout the state to exchange ideas and network. While I am unaware of anyone from the first meeting making an appearance, the convention and trade show was well attended with a good mix of established cattlemen and young producers in attendance.

In addition to the numerous vendors, the convention offers producers the opportunity to attend a wide range of educational seminars ranging from farm & ranch estate planning to strategies for developing a successful breeding program.

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Every year the Montana Stockgrowers honors the individuals who have taken on leadership roles in the past and present through the “Leaders and Legends” dinner. Hall and Hall has had the honor to sponsor this event the past several years.

With the cattle market reaching historic highs, and many people perception of the cattle industry being developed through re-runs of Dallas, individuals outside of the industry often overlook the hard work and dedication of individuals like those honored at the dinner and attending the larger event. While the caption below thanks Hall and Hall for sponsoring the dinner, we would like to extend our thanks to the multiple generations of farmers and ranchers that have, in large part, made what we do possible.  With the end of the year rapidly approaching we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and a prosperous New Year!

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Great Plains Farmland Has Momentum

By: John Wildin

Production agriculture here in the middle of the country continues moving forward with most of the same momentum it has had over the last four or five years.  While most grain and cotton prices have receded at least 30% since the highs, cattle and dairies are enjoying record prices with little headwinds in the immediate future coming their way.

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The Rice 717 is an outstanding Sandhill pasture located in central Kansas.

As the groundwater tables continue their steady decline, land with good water-well yields or land located in 30” annual precipitation areas have not seen much of a decline, if any, from the lower commodity prices.  And as usual, land that has little or no slope and good soils are still in high demand.  There has been some noticeable weakness in recent sales where cropland dominates a particular area that is not generally suitable for cattle production.

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Star Lake Ranch is a fantastic Oklahoma farm comprised of 3,290± all-contiguous acre.

The recent intense drop in energy prices could impact the world of agriculture via substantial decreases on certain primary input costs that could help offset the recent drop in commodity prices.  Farmers are beginning to see reduced prices for contracted diesel for the next crop year, plus with fertilizer being petroleum based, it seems to point to lower cost there also.  Cattlemen and dairy producers are very dependent on transportation and the lower diesel prices are indicating even more improved margins for them.

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Hall and Hall Helps Protect Land Via Conservation Transactions

Last May, Hall and Hall represented the Rinker family in the sale of their 10,500-acre Rock Creek Ranch to the Wood River Land Trust in one of the most significant conservation acquisitions completed in Idaho in recent years.

 From left to right: Trent Jones, Wood River Land Trust president and a partner with Hall and Hall real estate; Stennett; Boettger; Lou Lunte, associate state director for TNC; Lisa Eller, communications director for TNC; Trey Spaulding, director of operations for WRLT; Keri York, director of conservation for WRLT.

From left to right: Trent Jones, Wood River Land Trust president and a partner with Hall and Hall real estate; Stennett; Boettger; Lou Lunte, associate state director for TNC; Lisa Eller, communications director for TNC; Trey Spaulding, director of operations for WRLT; Keri York, director of conservation for WRLT.

Located just 5 miles from Sun Valley’s airport, Rock Creek Ranch is one of the largest contiguous, undeveloped, and until this year unprotected properties in the Sun Valley area and provides crucial habitat for sage grouse, wintering deer and elk, and other sage dependent species.

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 The ranch also contains over 10 miles of Rock Creek, a spring-fed tributary to the Big Wood River that supports wild trout and a lengthy, intact riparian corridor.  The Land Trust in close partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Idaho Fish and Game raised funds through a variety of sources to acquire the ranch, which will be managed for wildlife conservation, non-motorized public recreation, and seasonal cattle grazing.

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The Rock Creek partnership stems from the Pioneers Alliance, a community-based consortium of landowners, cattle producers, community officials, conservation organizations, private foundations, and land management agencies focused on the protection of working ranches and core sage grouse habitat stretching between the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon National Monument near Sun Valley.

Members of the Alliance have conserved nearly 80,000 acres since 2010 and were recognized last month for their achievements by US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, when he presented the Alliance with the Secretary’s Honor Award for External Partnerships.  The Honor Award recognizes groups and individuals who have made outstanding contributions that support the US Department of Agriculture’s mission and goals.

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Hall and Hall has been an active in the Pioneers-Craters region for many years and has been involved in numerous conservation buyer transactions which have resulted in the protection of literally tens of thousand of acres of open space, wildlife habitat, and working ranchlands across this landscape.

 

Something to be Thankful for…..

By: Scott Shuman

Today I learned it was my week  to pen an entry for the Hall and Hall blog.  In this season of thinking of things to be thankful for, it immediately crossed my mind that this wasn’t one of the things to add to my list.  Nevertheless, I decided it would be interesting to share a short list of those things I should add to my thankful list from a business perspective.

  1. I am thankful for my amazing, client-focused team at Hall and Hall.  It  gives me a great feeling to help clients sell properties, while helping customers find the property they desire.
  2. I am thankful to have the opportunity to work in this country where our landscape is made up of the world’s greatest farms and ranches.
  3. I am thankful to be able to work for and alongside farmers and ranchers that feed the world.  They are the ultimate stewards of the land.  The cold nights of calving, the long days of harvest, etc.  I am thankful for these people that allow my family and others to have abundant food on the table.
  4. I am thankful for those who have served or are currently serving in the military.  Keeping us safe and providing the freedoms we all enjoy to live and work each day.

The list could go on and on.  During this week, while you are enjoying your families, I encourage you to really take the time to think about what it means to be an American and to think about the sacrifices made to provide your freedoms and the food you will put on your tables.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Scott and his crew at the Cattle Barons Ball raising money for American Cancer Society.

 

 

Hunting Montana’s Most Iconic Ranches For Sale

By: Ryan Flair

Recently I had the privilege to spend time with good friends and clients bird hunting on the exceptional IX Ranch and PN Ranch.

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These Montana properties are two of the West’s most iconic ranches and known for their ranching heritage.

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With the Fall colors in full awakening and the crisp air giving notice to the rising winter season, we set out on horseback to follow our brace of pointing dogs with huns and sharptails our main focus and the opportunity for pheasant a distinct possibility.

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Along with exemplary cattle operations these Montana ranches offer magnificent vistas and remarkable wildlife diversity.

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 The IX boasts populations of elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, mountain lion and five species of upland birds.

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It is experiences such as these that embodies our desire to live in the West.

 

 

Hall and Hall Announces Joint Venture for Farmland Auctions

Leading full-service rural real estate and auction firm, Hall and Hall, is excited to announce a joint venture with Halderman Real Estate Services of Wabash, Indiana, to conduct farmland auctions nationwide. This new partnership allows the reputable, long-standing firms to expand their established services into new geographic regions and a fresh demographic of business.  The effort will combine Halderman’s extensive knowledge of Midwestern farmland and Hall and Hall’s expertise in large acreages and complex transactions to provide an answer to the growing challenge of marketing large agricultural real estate portfolios.

“We are excited to join forces with another national leader to bring even more services to our farmland clientele,” said Halderman President Howard Halderman. “The venture will combine industry leading databases and will also allow both companies to expand into broader geographic regions without affecting current personal and professional service.”

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As one of the largest land auction companies in the Midwest, covering much of the eastern corn-belt, Halderman Real Estate has been a leader in multi-tract land auctions and auction marketing since 1930.

“We are committed to working together to give our respective client base a more comprehensive, transparent and far-reaching resource for selling, sourcing, purchasing, and owning rural property,” said Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall.

Halderman Real Estate Services, one of the largest family-owned professional farm management and real estate organizations in the United States, manages more than 250,000 acres of farmland, sells and acquires 150+ properties, and performs over 650 appraisals annually. The company philosophy remains the same as it was in 1930 — to meet client goals, solve problems and prepare for change in the agriculture industry.

“A unique partnership between our seven offices and multiple affiliates ensures that clients receive local knowledge and personal service as well as the international perspective needed to make informed acquisition and management decisions,” said Shuman.