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Saddle Mountain CRP Farm
Price $ 350,000.00
Saddle Mountain CRP Farm is located northeast of Milton-Freewater, one-half mile up Saddle Mountain Road from Foster Road. The property contains 287.30 acres of which 119.59 acres are enrolled into a CRP contract with an expiration date of 2026. An additional 23.50 acres are in CRP set to expire 09-30-2017. There are multiple developed springs providing adequate water to the property for the benefit of livestock and wildlife. The property is only a few miles from the Oregon and Washington state line. The property includes a buildable home site with views of the Walla Walla Valley. There are many recreational opportunities including LOP tags for Walla Walla Unit, one of Oregon’s premier elk areas.
The property is accessed from Hwy 11; the roads are mostly paved to the property entrance.
Distances to Other Cities:
Milton-Freewater, OR 21+/- miles
Identification of Subject Property:
2016 Real Property Taxes:
United States Department of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency:
Farm – 6708
The property has a total of 143.12 tillable production acres. Of the 143.12 acres, currently, 119.59 acres are enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through 9/30/2026. The annual rental rate per acre for 119.59 acres is $74.12. An additional 23.53 acres are in a current CRP contract is set to expire 9/30/17. The 23.53 acres have been summited for a renewal CRP contract but currently the contract has not been approved. The balance of acres consists of mostly productive rangeland with brush/treed draws.
The perimeter of the property is fenced and is in good condition.
Two springs both producing sufficient water to help aid in wildlife riparian habitat areas.
Recreation and Wildlife:
Historically, the property has produced great opportunities for elk, deer, bear, turkey, and upland game birds. Currently the property qualifies for 2 big game Land Owner Preference (LOP) tags, per the regulations of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Walla Walla unit. Big game hunting for elk is available in the nearby Blue Mountains, with USFS lands open to the public. Umatilla National Forest is located near the property.
The zoning is all Exclusive Farm Use (EFU).
152.055 DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE.
The purposes of the EFU, Exclusive Farm Use Zone, are to preserve and maintain agricultural lands for farm use, including range and grazing uses, consistent with existing and future needs for agricultural products, forest and open spaces; to conserve and protect scenic resources; to maintain and improve the quality of air, water and land resources of the county and to establish criteria and standards for farm uses and related and supportive uses which are deemed appropriate. It is also the purpose of this use zone to provide the automatic farm use valuation for farms, which qualify under the provisions of ORS Chapter 308.
The provisions in this use zone are subject to automatic legislative amendments as described in §152.004. (Ord. 2005=02, passed 1-5-2005)
Soils, Topography, Rainfall:
Based on the Soil Conservation Service’s Soil Survey of Umatilla County, the soils are predominantly Waha Silty Clay loam 12 to 25 percent slopes. Palouse silt loam is also present within the cropland. Some Waha-Rockly complex is present as well. The property is mostly rolling topography with some level ground, with elevation varying from 2,100 feet to 2,600 feet. The rainfall is approximately 18” to 25” per annum.
The owner does not warrant that there are any mineral rights available. However, any mineral or geothermal rights owned by the seller are included as part of the property being offered for sale.
Umatilla County was created on September 27, 1862, out of a portion of Wasco County. Umatilla is an Indian term meaning "rippling water" or "water rippling over sand" and has provided the name both for the county and its major river. Lewis and Clark and pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail passed through the area. The gold rush of 1862 brought miners and stock raisers to the mountains and grasslands of Umatilla County. The county expanded after the coming of the railroad in 1881 and the area was open to the development of dry land wheat farming. The fertile land of Umatilla County gives a strongly agricultural base to the county's economy. Fruit, grain, timber, cattle, and sheep are important agricultural products. Recreation, primarily in the Blue Mountains, and tourism, most notably for the annual Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, are also important to the local economy.
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.