LaneCast Podcast & Blog

The Awkward Conversation: Succession Planning
Have you had the “talk” with you family yet? The awkward conversation of succession planning for the farm or ranch is the topic of today’s show. Curt Barnekoff, CPA  specializes in agricultural tax and business succession with Wipfli CPA’s and Consultants. Curt helps family agriculture businesses maximize their after-tax net worth and assists in developing
Introducing Jennifer Houston
Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tenn., was named president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at the organization’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La., Feb. 2. Houston had served as 2018 president-elect. Houston and her husband, Mark, own and operate East Tennessee Auction Market in Sweetwater. She has been active in the beef industry for more
Saving the Cowboy and Rural Communities
Today I happened upon a picture from branding this past spring of my nephews and little cousin. It reminds me of experienced cattlemen examining notes, looking at ear tag numbers and trying to plan the day. It reminds me that the future of agriculture looks bright. Too many people forget that agriculture is the number
Forage kochia & what it isn’t
What is Forage kochia? Utah rancher Tim Munns and family own Munns Flying M Ranch in Hansel Valley, UT and know all about what this crop is and what it isn’t. Enjoy the quick wit of Tim Munns and the benefits and misconceptions of forage kochia. (CLICK THE Orange Play Button to Listen to Show
Cattlemen Heading to New Orleans
The Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show (#CattleCon19) is THE event for anyone in the cattle business! The Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show is agriculture’s premier event where the industry comes together to get down to business for the cattle industry. The 2019 event will be one of the largest on record and
Top 10 LaneCast Ag Podcasts of 2018
As 2018 ends and the New Year begins, I would like to thank all the listeners of the LaneCast Ag Podcast. The show started less than a year ago with the purpose of sharing the story of agriculture here in the West. There have been many changes to the format of the show, the length
Rejuvenating the Rural Economy
2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of Montana Farm Bureau. The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation knows that rural communities are the lifelines and future of agriculture. That’s why they have kicked off the Centennial Community Initiative.  This project will result in a $100,000 investment towards community improvement projects in Montana during 2019. MFBF’s Scott Kulbeck joins the
2019 Cattle Market & African Swine Fever
What does the 2019 cattle market have in store? How will the African Swine Fever in China impact the U.S. cattle market? Will the Trade War with China end? Those are some of the topics  Rabo AgriFiance’s Don Close shares on this LaneCast AgPodcast.  (CLICK THE Orange Play Button to Listen to Show or come
The Epidemic Plaguing the Countryside
      According to Morning Consult surveys, 74% of farmers and farmworkers have been directly impacted by the opioid epidemic. The data was sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union as the two farm groups join forces to combat the issue. The Morning Consult data also revealed, “three in four
Take Home a Free Polaris Ranger
      Do you want to win a Polaris Ranger? Montana Farm Bureau and Montana Polaris Dealers will be sending one young farmer or rancher home with one during the 99th Annual MFBF Convention. How do you win? By participating in the MFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet. YF&R Chair, Gil Gasper, joins
Advocating for Oregon Ranchers – Jerome Rosa
              Podcast: During the 50th Annual Public Lands Council meeting in Park City, Utah I spoke with Jermone Rosa, the Exc. Dir. of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Today’s #LaneCast shares the struggles that Oregon ranchers face each day, sharing the story of Dwight and Steven Hammond, the importance of having
Managing Risk on the Ranch
Drought, commodity prices, fire and other unforeseen circumstances can change the lives of ranchers in the blink of the eye. AgRisk Advisors works with livestock operations throughout the western United States implementing risk management programs including drought, price, and margin protection.  Aaron Tattersall joins the LaneCast and discusses how ranchers in the West are looking at