Marv Van Houten


Marv grew up milking 110 Holsteins, running 250 beef cows, and moving aluminum pipe by hand on alfalfa and corn on his family’s farm west of Butte, Nebraska. After high school he attended the University of South Dakota at Springfield for two years majoring in business. In January of 1973 a farming operation in north central Nebraska employed Marv developed nearly 6,000 acres for center pivot irrigation that spring. In 1976 he went to work for a hybrid seed corn company where they developed 1200 irrigated acres for seed corn production, and later promoted Marv to farm manager. He started his own farming operation in 1988 and his career in irrigated farm and ranch sales in 1990. In 1996 Marv moved his farming operation to the Nebraska panhandle where he farmed over 2,400 irrigated acres, and later an additional 1,000 acres were developed into center pivot irrigation. After visiting Montana in 2012 and seeing all the land that could be developed for irrigation he moved his farming operation to Forsyth, Montana in 2014. In 2015, Marv sold his farming operation and started full time in selling real estate and farm and ranch consulting. Over the years, Marv has had many clients ask him, “Why haven’t you established your own real estate brokerage?” In 2018, Marv met and began developing a relationship with Michelle and Mark. After so many years, he felt he finally found some trustworthy partners who had the experience and integrity necessary in order to take this next step in establishing a reputable real estate brokerage. He is excited to have a solid team to bring clients a wealth of skillsets and services not only in real estate transactions, but also in business consulting, tax, and farm & ranch operations consulting. WHERE YOU’LL FIND MARV ON HIS DOWNTIME: Enjoying time with his wife and grandchildren in Canada. On the road a lot but he loves getting home to spend time with the Lord, his wife and grandchildren. FAVORITE VERSE: Luke 16:10 "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much..." WHY MARV IS HERE ON EARTH: "I’m here to share the love and the life of His Lord Jesus Christ in this world and to prepare for the day I meet Jesus face-to-face."
$16,800,000  •  5,498 acres
Secure these 35 highly-productive dryland quarters with deep, rich fertile soils, high-quality water, and an impressive farm headquarters for one of the best farming operations around. MJW Farms is a magnificent 5,498-acre dryland farm in western Nebraska, consisting of 35 highly productive quarters spread over 23 miles. The deep, fertile soils yield a significant amount of excellent crops. With a 3-bedroom home, 5 outbuildings, 3-phase power, natural gas, and livestock-quality water, this farm could also serve as a productive livestock operation or an organic farming operation. MJW Farms is located in western Perkins and Chase County, Nebraska. It is in one of the most fertile, productive areas of the Heartland, otherwise known as the Great Plains of the United States. The entire operation is managed from an impressive headquarters in Venango, Nebraska. Venango is surrounded by several small towns within a 30 mile radius: Grant, NE to the east, Imperial, NE to the southeast, Ogallala, NE to the northeast, and Holyoke, CO to the west. State highway 23 runs directly through Venango, and runs parallel (east and west) to I-80, connecting to the major highway via Hwy 6 through Colorado. Two nearby railroads connect you to both the East Coast and West Coast. Burlington Railroad runs right alongside Highway 23, and the Union Pacific railroad runs 20 miles to the north, in the Platte Valley. Venango has a large, impressive grain elevator, located adjacent to the Burlington railroad, that boasts the ability to load more railroad cars than any other elevator in the nation. The abundant production assets in the area allow you to seek competitive bids. Multiple grain elevators are located within 35 miles of the farm headquarters (on both railroads). A 56,000-head feed yard, along with other feed yards in the area, contract for silage, forage and grain. This farm is centrally located between three major beef packing plants, which makes it a great area to provide feed for cattle. Last but not least, a large fertilizer plant is located just west of the Venango grain elevator. MJW Farms gives you 5,498 acres of deep, fertile, soils that provide the foundation for excellent dryland crops. With an elevation of 3596 feet above sea level, the land is wide open and ranges from flat to rolling hills, perfect for farming. 21 inches of rain and 27 inches of snow per year soak into the level ground and provide the moisture necessary for excellent dryland corn, wheat, millet, sunflowers, and other crops. The views from the property are vast and far. Miles of flowing fields of wheat and productive corn fields capture your attention in all directions. Neighboring farms and bins catch the eye, scattered over the rolling hills and far-reaching plains. The land produces a significant amount of crop that is harvested, sold and delivered right there in Venango. This property also has the potential to be developed into a productive livestock operation, thanks to three-phase power, natural gas, and plenty of livestock-quality water. Alternatively, you could create a profitable organic farming operation, given the abundance of cattle manure and compost in the area. The home is a modest 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1976 square foot brick ranch, with a 2-car attached garage, located just a stone's throw away from the operations headquarters. Beautiful evergreens shelter the headquarters, which is well cared for with nice gravel roads and well-manicured yards. Several outbuildings help support your production, including the following: - A 60' x 100' insulated shop with heated office, bathroom, and shower - A 250' x 120' storage building for machinery with a steel frame and 2 large overhead doors - A 60' x 100' insulated curvet building with large overhead door - A 50' x 80' storage building with large overhead door and gravel floor - A 50' x 20' utility building with a dirt floor - A loading dock to load and unload machinery The farm also includes three new, state of the art, 50,000 BU grain bins with full aeration floors and 10 inch unload augers, equipped with power sweeps that unload the bottom of the bin at 6,000 bu per hour. The seller is willing to oversee the farm for a year or two and all farming equipment is available for negotiation. Nebraska's largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy, is just a short hour north.This 40,000-acre water site provides extraordinary and beautiful white sandy beaches. In addition, you can enjoy an abundance of activities such as boating, fishing, swimming and camping. Grant, Nebraska is a quaint small town with small local restaurants and shopping, just a short 20 minutes east. Grant recently expanded their airport to accommodate small jets, and they have doctors and specialists fly in on a regular basis to their state-of-the-art medical facility. They built onto the hospital 3 years ago. Around the same time, they also added new classrooms and a gym onto the High School. Holyoke, CO is a quick 18 miles away and offers a nice hotel, several hometown restaurants and small shops to visit. The seller has spent the last 15 years assembling the best pieces of ground in the area to organize an efficient, highly productive farming operation. This farm would make a good addition to anyone's investment portfolio. Please call Marv Van Houten at 308-360-1776 for more information. The views from the property are vast and far. Miles of flowing fields of wheat and productive corn fields capture your attention in all directions. Neighboring farms and bins catch the eye, scattered over the rolling hills and far-reaching plains. The land produces a significant amount of crop that is harvested, sold and delivered right there in Venango.
$16,800,000  •  5,498 acres
Consisting of 35 Highly productive quarters spread over 23 miles. There are 5498 acres of deep fertile soils that provide the foundation for excellent level dryland crops. The entire operation is managed from an impressive headquarters in western Nebraska.
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Marv Van Houten


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