Bill Gates is about to change the way America farms


The co-founder of Microsoft and his wife make an auspicious debut on the 2020 LAND REPORT 100, as America’s largest private farmland owners.

The Bullvine: Call it a hunch, but THE STORY DID not jibe. I scanned the headline for the umpteenth time and then read and reread the pertinent details. Something was missing. Either that or I had a screw loose.

According to the Tri-City Herald, a 14,500-acre swath of choice Eastern Washington farmland in the Horse Heaven Hills of Benton County had just traded hands for almost $171 million. That’s a ginormous deal, one that pencils out to almost $12,000 per acre for a whole lot of acres. Pretty pricey dirt, right? That’s exactly what I thought. Especially when it comes to row crops like sweet corn and wheat, which were grown in rotation with potatoes on 100 Circles, which is the name of the property that changed hands.

Then again, farmers and investors in the Mid-Columbia River market expect to pay $10,000 to $15,000 for good ground. Anyone who has ever studied the Columbia River Basin knows that the tillable acreage there is coveted ground, a geologic wonder. The soil profile and underlying silty loess are in a league of their own.

I had gained this smidgen of geologic proficiency while researching our 2018 Farmland Deal of the Year, Weidert Farm, in neighboring Walla Walla County. One of the most telling moments in the field that summer came when a soil scientist by the name of Alan Busacca grabbed a shovel and stepped into a 10-foot trench that had been ripped open on the farm by a Caterpillar 336. Dusky layers of silt and sand towered over the 6-foot-tall retired Washington State professor. There wasn’t a rock, let alone a pebble, or even a root to be seen in the soil. Busacca was in his element: It was some of the richest farmland in the Lower 48. And from an agricultural perspective, the region surrounding Walla Walla and the Horse Heaven Hills has evolved into a commercial hub, complete with controlled atmosphere (CA) storage, state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure, and ready access to low-cost hydropower. read more

24 Comments on Bill Gates is about to change the way America farms

  1. I can’t stand that no good shithead! Who in the high tech world deserves anything other than complete contempt?

  2. Farm MY ASS.

    That might be where his Lab Grows & Manufactures The Artificial Meat Like whatever-the-fuck he was talking about a few years ago.

    ..and at the end of the day Everyone uses his products in one form or another.

  3. Got 404 Error

    Xerox was first approached with the programs Microsoft now owns but didn’t want it.
    Gates did luck out.

  4. “Will no one rid us of this turbulent asshole?”
    (paraphrasing a dead white dude)
    Bring back proscription.

    mortem tyrannis
    izlamo delenda est …

  5. Marcus Kinross made $18732 last month on his knees & you can too, click his link to find out how (buy decongestants first!!!)

  6. hillary, gates, soros, and others, they are legion now

    the fact that the people allow the rotten few to spoil their world is astonishing to me

    someone knows where they live and is close by
    neighbors do your duty

  7. There are a shitload of ’em in central and eastern Washington. Tech money know it alls. Most all of them couldn’t keep a fucking hamster, goldfish or tomato plant alive for a week, but they are going to teach the world all about…


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