Doug Ray managed my 186-acre farm, which I inherited from my grandparents, for about 15 years. I previously dealt with several other farm managers, and in my opinion, Doug tops the list.
He has the expertise, knowledge, and connections to wisely manage farms during changing times. He knows which types of leases and FSA conservation programs will be beneficial to a particular farm. He has good working relationships with area farm operators and service providers. He promptly provides the farm owner with quarterly reports and annual reports for tax purposes.
Doug always included me in big decisions and provided sound recommendations. I found him to be polite, respectful, and professional.
I chose to sell the farm during the COVID-19 pandemic, certainly not a normal situation. In addition, the farm had characteristics that lessened its overall appeal to traditional grain farmers. Doug devised a strategy to split the land into two tracts and successfully found a different buyer for each one.
I am pleased with Doug Ray’s work in managing and then marketing my farm. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a top-notch farm manager.