Farm Credit
Sep 08 2017

Cattlegrowers Foundation working with Next Generation…

Cattlegrowers Foundation Working to Bring the Next Generation of Ranchers Home to the Land

One of the biggest rewards of production agriculture for most farmers and ranchers is seeing the land they have spent a lifetime caring for handed down to their children or grandchildren and knowing that what they have built will carry on.  When that younger generation isn’t there – because they are making a living away from the ranch, aren’t quite ready to move home, don’t think they can make it work financially or for any other reason – making that transition can be tough.

At the same time, there are people out there who have the desire to become involved in agriculture, but are priced off the land.  These people of all ages, but primarily young, just need a chance and a place to embark on their agricultural careers.

The Cattlegrowers Foundation, Inc. would like to become the conduit to connect those who want to keep their land in agriculture and those who need a place to start.  “Our vision is to be able to help ranchers, keep ranchland in production whenever possible, and ensure a strong future for the industry and way of life we know and love,” said foundation President Phil H. Bidegain.  “We welcome input and ideas on how to make this a successful program, as well as financial support.”

Every situation is unique, and the Cattlegrowers Foundation will work with each individual rancher to meet the needs and concerns of all involved, Bidegain explained.  “Agreements must be put in place to cover the legal, liability, insurance, and many other issues that must be considered.”

Agriculture has always meant hard work, but in today’s world, keeping land in agricultural production is especially challenging.  Land values are high, the cost of doing business is high, and there are many more lucrative careers, he noted.  For someone wanting to get into the agriculture business, it’s almost cost prohibitive. 

The rewards of being in production agriculture aren’t always monetary, but they are just as valuable.  “The heritage and connection to the land, the sense of a job well done, watching the sun come up just like your parents or grandparents did – that’s something you can’t put a price on,” Bidegain explained.  “We want to do all we can to help people keep their land in agriculture, or get their start in agriculture, so that their kids and grandkids will have those same opportunities.”

Make a difference and leave your legacy. If you, or someone you know, would like to ensure their land remains in farm and ranch production, contact the Cattlegrowers Foundation at 505-247-0584, or visit    


For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / email