Agriculture in the U.S. is shifting to areas like Iowa and Nebraska, where no one would live for the fun of it because it isn’t beautiful as in Montana!
Here in Montana, people do want to live for the fun of it, and so they are willing to pay much more for land than agriculture on the land would support.
The Bitterroot is becoming a horse valley. Horses are economic because, whereas prices for agricultural products depend on the value of the food itself and are not unlimited, many people are willing to spend anything for horses.
Allen Bjergo, in Collapse