Protecting agricultural land assets just became easier for ranch buyers and owners when Agricultural Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced November 16, 2015, that $350 million will be available to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the United States. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical river and stream resources and wildlife habitat.
As the majority owner and founder of Fay Ranches, Greg Fay, along with his partners, has been an owner and manager of a productive farm/ranch in Madison County, Montana since 1995. Along with his wife Shannon, the Fays have been active in the outdoors their entire lives.
It has been an exciting year for Fay Ranches, one that could be classified as the year of growth and innovation.
Fay Ranches is very proud to sponsor the 2015 issue of the The Land Report 100. The Land Report profiles the 100 biggest landowners in the country, and is once again produced by long-time Fay Ranches' friends, Eddie Lee Rider and Eric O'Keefe.
Small towns and communities anchor many of the rural ranches and farms that are represented by Fay Ranches. These are often communities with one general store, a population in town of fewer than 30 people, and where everyone knows everyone’s kids.
Fay Ranches is excited to announce the addition of two experienced land brokers, Scott Hawes and Ken Bentz, to the team in Oregon.
Fay Ranches continues to build on its success in Oregon with the addition of Scott and Ken and their over half a century of combined land investment expertise.
If you are a farm or ranch owner but farming or ranching is not your trade, you are not alone. Landowner demographics in many parts of the West have shifted toward non-operators, particularly in recent decades. If you are a non-operating owner or prospective owner, evaluating your property’s income potential requires an understanding of agricultural lease rates.
"Buy land. They're not making it anymore."
Over the past seven years, investors have been notoriously careful with their cash flow, avoiding risk and staying cash heavy.
There’s a secret that ranch owners know out in the Mountain West: Creating wildlife habitat isn’t just good for your morning view, it also raises the value of your land. “Ranches that are managed with a sustainable agricultural plan have the added benefit of attracting wildlife and this creates value not only for the current owner, but also increases resale value,” says Vinny Delgado, an agent with Fay Ranches.
If you ask Fred Smith to paint you a picture of the view from his front porch at the Dome Mountain Ranch, he’s going to tell you about the elk.
“I’ve seen 7,000 elk on my ranch,” Smith tells me over the phone from his primary residence in Maryland. “And let me tell you, that is a sight.”