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RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS

RANCHCAST with Lem Lewis showcases the vital contributions that America’s ranchers make to our nation’s economy and food supply. Whether you live on a ranch, invest in rural real estate, or are simply a fan of the ranch lifestyle, this program is your guide to insights and practical advice available nowhere else.
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Mar 14, 2019

This episode of RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS, I interview third generation general manager, Shay Myers, where we discuss the innovative practices implemented by family run Froerer Farms and its Owhyee brand of onions. A third generation produce business based in Nyssa, Oregon, Froerer Farms actively involves several generations from eight different core families related by blood or marriage. Froerer Farms is a model of a well-run, vertically integrated, produce grower and packer.

Over the years, the operation has worked hard to remove as many of the profit sucking middlemen as possible from the chain of custody of its farm grown onions, asparagus, mint, yams, and other crops.

Among other lessons that Shay offers, is a clear understanding of what it takes to breathe fresh life into a long established business.

If you’re thinking about selling your agricultural property, I would be honored to discuss how my colleagues and I may become your trusted ranch broker.

I invite you to visit my website, www.TheRanchBroker.com, to learn more about how you can build wealth, create peace of mind, and… leave a legacy.

RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS showcases the vital contributions that America’s ranchers and farmers make to our nation’s economy and food supply. Whether you live on a ranch or farm, invest in rural real estate, or are simply a fan of the ranch lifestyle, this program is your guide to insights and practical advice available nowhere else.

Read more at http://www.theranchbroker.com/blog

Mar 14, 2019

Many, through years of hard work and planning build up land and wealth and the last thing they need is to lose it in a preventable lawsuit.

Tiffany Dowell Lashmet has served as an agricultural law specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service since 2013. Tiffany's work focuses on legal issues impacting Texas landowners and agricultural producers, including leases, water law, oil and gas law, pipeline easement negotiation, and landowner liability.  Tiffany is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico. She grew up on her family's farm and ranch in northeastern New Mexico between Tucumcari and Logan.

On this edition of RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS, Tiffany and I discuss leases, water law, fencing law issues, the Texas Agritourism Act and how to find the right attorney for the issue you are facing.

As you will hear, her experience and expertise far outweigh the amount of time that we had for just this interview.

If you’re thinking about selling your agricultural property, I would be honored to discuss how my colleagues and I may become your trusted ranch broker.

I invite you to visit my website, www.TheRanchBroker.com, to learn more about how you can build wealth, create peace of mind, and… leave a legacy.

RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS showcases the vital contributions that America’s ranchers and farmers make to our nation’s economy and food supply. Whether you live on a ranch or farm, invest in rural real estate, or are simply a fan of the ranch lifestyle, this program is your guide to insights and practical advice available nowhere else.

Read more at http://www.theranchbroker.com/blog

Jul 30, 2018

Chris Nolt, the author of Financial Strategies for Selling a Farm or Ranch, provides an excellent overview of the issues involved in completing the successful sale of a ranch or farm, and of the tax traps that many unprepared property sellers fall into.

After a lifetime of hard work – sometimes over generations – when the time comes to sell their ranch or farm, many families don’t realize how high the stakes can be. Failure to plan ahead, or improper planning, can cost families much of the potential value vested in their properties.

Two of Nolt’s favorite vehicles for legally and efficiently minimizing capital gains taxes on the sale of agricultural properties are the 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange and the Charitable Remainder Trust.

On this edition of RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS, Chris spells out the advantages of both 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges and Charitable Remainder Trusts, and also the restrictions that apply to both.

Joining me in interviewing Chis is my friend and Texas real estate colleague Jay Whidbee.

If you’re thinking about selling your agricultural property, I would be honored to discuss how my colleagues and I may become your trusted ranch broker.

I invite you to visit my website, www.TheRanchBroker.com, to learn more about how you can build wealth, create peace of mind, and… leave a legacy.

RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS showcases the vital contributions that America’s ranchers and farmers make to our nation’s economy and food supply. Whether you live on a ranch or farm, invest in rural real estate, or are simply a fan of the ranch lifestyle, this program is your guide to insights and practical advice available nowhere else.

Read more at http://www.theranchbroker.com/blog

Photo: Chris Nolt, author, Financial Strategies for Selling a Farm or Ranch
Interview Conducted: January 2018
Length: 38 minutes 43 seconds

Apr 7, 2018

The real Old West – not the Hollywood version – was quite different than the one most of us have been taught. 

Even us ranchers and rural producers will be surprised by the intimate view and almost tactical sense of what it was really like in the 19th Century to be a cowboy that can be found in the book, Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West.

On this edition of RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS my guest is the author of Cattle Kingdom, Christopher Knowlton, a former FORTUNE magazine writer and London bureau chief. 

In his book, based on the style of meticulous reporting and research that you’d expect from a FORTUNE magazine writer, Chris chronicles the lasting impact on our nation today of the open range cattle era that arose in the wake of the Civil War and lasted until about 1892.

Cattle Kingdom draws on a treasure trove of historical documents, letters, diaries, and newspaper articles to bring the tales of the Old West to high-definition life.

Among the barons and would-be barons who Chris introduces us to are an English aristocrat, a French nobleman, and a future President of the United States – all of whom back in the late 19th Century were engaged in an investment mania that rivals any the world has witnessed before or since.

Riding shotgun with me as I interview Chris is award-winning financial journalist Dean Rotbart, who is host of his own popular podcast, Monday Morning Radio.

To pick up your copy of Christopher Knowlton’s captivating book, Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West, from our exclusive RANCHCAST book club, visit tinyurl.com/RanchBooks60

RANCHCAST with Lem Lewis showcases the vital contributions that America’s ranchers and farmers make to our nation’s economy and food supply. Whether you live on a ranch or farm, invest in rural real estate, or are simply a fan of the ranch lifestyle, this program is your guide to insights and practical advice available nowhere else.

Photo: Christopher Knowlton, Cattle Kingdom
Interview Conducted: August 2017
Length: 33 minutes 40 seconds

 

Feb 4, 2018

After living and working in Spain, where he noticed the climate and trees were similar to parts of Texas, Jim Henry wondered why no one in his native Texas was growing olives commercially. He thought Texas could be host to a thriving olive oil business and he set out to prove it.

It took Jim decades to prove his concept a success, and along the way, he encountered more than his share of obstacles. 

But Jim and his family have wrangled a thriving business from under-productive Texas ranchlands, using grit, stick-to-itiveness, and a belief in the unlimited ingenuity of rural producers. 

Agriculture specialists from the U.S. government, Texas, and around the country by the hundreds, even thousands, have visited Jim’s Texas Olive Ranch to learn his story first hand. All you need to do is make yourself comfortable and listen to this episode of RANCHCAST with Lem Lewis.

Salute!

RANCHCAST with Lem Lewis showcases the vital contributions that America’s ranchers and farmers make to our nation’s economy and food supply. Whether you live on a ranch or farm, invest in rural real estate, or are simply a fan of the ranch lifestyle, this program is your guide to insights and practical advice available nowhere else.

Photo: Jim Henry, Texas Olive Ranch
Interview Conducted: December 2017
Length: 45 minutes 52 seconds

Oct 25, 2017

Ahead of the national premiere of Farmers for America, Lem Lewis interviews filmmaker Graham Meriwether about the documentary that aims to celebrate and inspire the next generation of American farmers and ranchers.

Farmers for America profiles 20 extraordinary American farmers – large and small, organic and conventional – who are using American ingenuity and pluck to overcome the many, many obstacles that confront them daily.

To serve as the film’s narrator, Meriwether was able to recruit Mike Rowe – the talent behind Dirty Jobs and Facebook’s Returning the Favor

Meriwether worked on Farmers for America for more than four years, crisscrossing the country to showcase the farmers featured in the film.

As founder of Leave It Better Media, Meriwether’s mission is to “share stories of spiritual, economic and environmental healing.”

The national premiere will take place in Indianapolis, IN, followed by a panel discussion featuring local farmers.  Meriwether is looking to rural producers and others who support American farmers and ranchers to host screening of the film in their communities.  To sign up to host a screening, visit www.farmersforamericafilm.com.

 

RANCHCAST with Lem Lewis showcases the vital contributions that America’s ranchers and farmers make to our nation’s economy and food supply. Whether you live on a ranch or farm, invest in rural real estate, or are simply a fan of the ranch lifestyle, this program is your guide to insights and practical advice available nowhere else.

May 7, 2017

There is so much to boast about for those of us blessed to live in Texas. Garrison Brothers’ Texas straight bourbon whiskey is like icing on the cake.

Made from pure Texas-grown organic cereal grains, combined with our nutrient-rich rainwater, Garrison Brothers bourbons are among the very best to be found anywhere in the world.

On this edition of RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS, our host and certified whiskey sommelier Lem Lewis travels to Hye to visit with founder and proprietor Dan Garrison.

In perfect Texas entrepreneurial style, Dan comes from the “better to ask forgiveness than permission” school of business. Although just about no one believed it possible to distil quality bourbon anywhere in America other than Kentucky or Tennessee, Dan proved his skeptics wrong.

Dan bought his first still in 2006, before he even had a legal right to operate one, and shipped his first bottles in 2011. They’ve been a sell-out hit ever since.

If you love fine bourbon whiskey, or even if you never touch alcohol, you’ll enjoying drinking in Dan’s Texas swagger and his philosophy of business.

He and his family are part of a growing segment of rural producers who are demonstrating creative, alternative ways to living and working the ranching life.

Photo: Lem Lewis, The Ranch Broker (L); and Dan Garrison, Garrison Brothers
Interview Conducted: May 2017
Length: 28 minutes 28 seconds
@ 2017 The Ranch Broker. All Rights Reserved.

May 6, 2017

There’s just something about Texans, especially entrepreneurs, that you won’t find in any other state.

Dan Garrison, proprietor of Garrison Brothers Distillery, tells RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS that his fellow Texans are as distinctive, proud, and unique as his award-winning bourbons.

“Anyone who lives in Texas for more than three months adopts that Texas pride,” Dan says.

We’ve selected 99 Reasons We Love Ranching™. Reason #50: Garrison Brothers Bourbon. Why do you love ranching?

Apr 4, 2017

My guest on this episode, Dr. Matt Wagner, is someone who I know enjoys the outdoors as much as I do.

Dr. Wagner is the definitive expert on wildlife conservation, range land management, and the Texas laws and policies governing them. I could invite him on every episode of this show and I know that I’d never grow tired of hearing what he has to say.

Dr. Wagner spent 28 years with the Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, most recently as Deputy Director. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Biology Department at Texas State University, where he teaches Wildlife Law and Policy. He also works under contract as a project administer with the Wildlife Management Institute, which has supported game management, biological diversity, and ecology since its founding in 1911.

As if that is not enough, Dr. Wagner has extensive experience working with and advising private landowners such as me. And Dr. Wagner is a believer in the important role that privately owned land plays in the well-being of wildlife and wildlife habitat.

On this edition of RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS, Dr. Wagner and I will discuss two big issues impacting wildlife conservation in Texas.  One is the the loss of connection between people and the rural lifestyle, and two, the distribution and allocation of water.

Because Dr. Wagner is so knowledgeable, he and I also explore the impact of exotic wildlife and the efforts to manage them. We talk about statewide land stewardship programs and we even review efforts to privatized white tailed deer. And finally Dr. Wagner and I discuss the subject of chronic wasting disease in Texas.

If you own a ranch, are thinking about buying a ranch, or simply love the ranching lifestyle, you're going to want to hear what Dr. Matt Wagner has to say.

Photo: Dr. Matt Wagner
Interview Conducted: November 2016
Length: 47:29
@ 2017 The Ranch Broker. All Rights Reserved.

Mar 18, 2017

 

Last year, I attended The Wizard Academy’s Reputation Tool Chest workshop taught by award-winning business journalist, Dean Rotbart.

Dean is the host of Monday Morning Radio, a popular business-to-business podcast that in 2016 alone attracted more than a quarter-million listeners. With Dean’s help, I launched RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS earlier this year, and I’m pleased that Dean continues to work with me to build our RANCHCAST audience and ensure the quality of our episodes.

This week Dean and I share hosting duties – combining our two audiences for a very special interview. Our guest is Michele Payn, a nationally recognized influencer in the large, growing, and very successful farm-to-table movement.

Michele is CEO of Cause Matters Corp., a consulting firm that advises companies and individuals on how to influence public discourse surrounding agriculture, health, and nutrition topics. This week Michele celebrates the official publication of her newest book: “Farm Truths – From Farm to Table.”

While my expertise is in ranching, farming, and rural real estate, Dean is an expert on small business, reputation management, and effective communication. Together we explore with Michele both the business and the nutrition aspects of ranching and farming, and debunk some of the most common food myths.

Photo: Michele Payne, Cause Matters Corp.
Interview Conducted: March 8, 2017
Length: 37:52
@ 2017 The Ranch Broker. All Rights Reserved.

Mar 1, 2017

The Ficke Family has been ranching and running a livestock operation in Pleasant Dale, Nebraska since 1888.

Today, Del Ficke and the Ficke Cattle Company are role models for successful, holistically-managed, independently owned, profitable rural producers.

On this week’s RANCHCAST with host Lem Lewis, Del shares his disruptive techniques for making ranching and farming both more profitable and more satisfying. Better still, Del is showing rural producers how to manage their land so that their children and grandchildren will be incentivized to stay at home or return there.

As Del travels the country, speaking to groups and working one-on-one with producers, Del often encounters those ranchers and farmers who think his ideas are crazy. At first.

But when they hear Del out and see what he’s been able to accomplish on his own ranch and for his consulting clients, Del’s stature quickly transforms from: lunatic to genius.

Photo: Del Ficke, Ficke Cattle Company
Interview Conducted: February 15, 2017
Length: 26:59
@ 2017 The Ranch Broker. All Rights Reserved.

Feb 21, 2017

​Paul Francis is best known as the inventor of a technology that allows orbiting astronauts on the International Space Station to stay fit in the weightless environment. His resistive exercise device has been used by more than 50 space travelers.

Here on Mother Earth, Paul's inventions are at the core of the Bowflex Revolution home gym ($200 million in sales), and the DoubleFlex Portable Gym, which has been featured on QVC, HSN, and is now sold nationwide in Brookstone retail stores.

Ever chance Paul gets, however, the founder and CEO of OYO Fitness, jumps in his SUV and heads to his BlackHat Ranch, located in Northeastern Kansas, about an hour outside of Kansas City.

Anyone who thinks today's ranchers fit a particular stereotype, will enjoy my interview with Paul, who has made ranching part of his DNA, even though he came to the lifestyle late in life.

​Paul has invented many things. But his greatest invention - and the one that gives him the most pleasure in life -- is actually a reinvention: taking a city kid and transforming him into a full-blooded, All-American Rancher.

Feb 20, 2017

My guest this week is a farmer, a barn builder, a philanthropist, and a patriot. 

But to his legions of fans, country music artist Richard Lynch, a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame, is a:

  • chart-topping
  • knee-stomping
  • guitar-picking
  • down-to-earth singer/songwriter whose authentic music captures the heart and soul of American ranchers, farmers, and other country folk. 

Richard’s music, including A Better Place, We’re American Proud, and Love Tattoo – appeals to true traditionalists who – as he puts it – long for the emotions of three cords and the truth wrapped in the soul of a steel guitar.

Photo: Richard Lynch, The Richard Lynch Band
Interview Conducted: February 15, 2017
Length: 23:56
@ 2017 The Ranch Broker. All Rights Reserved.

Jan 23, 2017

Ranch land prices should continue to rise in 2017, although not as rapidly as they did in the robust years of 2014 and 2015.

That is the assessment of one of the nation’s leading ranch economists, Dr. Charles E. Gilliland, who recently shared his full analysis with Lem Lewis, host of the RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS podcast.

Dr. Gilliland is a professor in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and a research economist – specializing in rural land and property taxes – at the university’s Real Estate Center. Lem Lewis, well-known as “The Ranch Broker,” is a fourth-generation Texas rancher whose full-service brokerage company serves both land buyers and sellers, concentrating on the Texas Hill Country, South Texas, and West Texas.

More than oil prices and interest rates, Dr. Gilliland explains in his interview with RANCHCAST that ranch land values in Texas are tied to population, job, and wage growth. 

Photo: Dr. Charles E. Gilliland, Texas A&M Univeristy
Interview Conducted: October 13, 2016
Length: 31:30
@ 2016 The Ranch Broker. All Rights Reserved.

 

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