It’s hard to repair a combine if you don’t know a crescent wrench from a pipe wrench. By the same token, we believe it’s hard to advise Ag clients if you don’t have a personal background in agriculture.

We understand your world. We get it. Meet our Ag Specialty Team:

Brenda ByrneBrenda Byrnes – Raised on a fourth-generation cow/calf operation in Eden, MT. Active in 4-H as a youth, college student, and adult. Loves working with her husband and kids on the family ranch.



Gary CarlsonGary Carlson – Raised on a cow/calf operation at Bernice, MT that has been in the family for nearly 100 years. Currently the managing partner for family LLC. Active in 4-H as a youth and adult.



Bill Hughes Bill Hughes – The only team member who didn’t grow up on a farm or ranch, but has been patiently taught by Gary Carlson (see above) for over 30 years. Knows a Hereford from a heifer.



Patty Nelson at the ranchPatty Nelson – Grew up in Forsyth, MT, spent a lot of time on grandparents’ farm/ranch in Stanford area. Currently lives on a ranch, raising Black Angus cattle.



Anna Stitt– Raised on a cattle ranch in Helmville, MT. Grew up with 4-H, taking animals to the Tri-County Fair in Deer Lodge. Loves brandings, still participates in as many as possible.



Our ability to meet your needs doesn’t begin and end with these five CPAs. With offices across Montana and nearly 250 employees (a number of which have Ag backgrounds), our Ag Specialty Team members have access to technical knowledge and experience unmatched by any other Montana-based CPA firm.

So what can we do for you?


Tax planning and preparation

Tax minimization strategies

Ranch and farm tax credits

IRS audit and notice support

Estate and gift tax planning


Payroll processing and reporting

1099 reporting

Accounts payable

Comprehensive bookkeeping

Financial analysis and reporting


Selecting an entity structure

Asset protection strategies

Growth strategies

Ranch/farm succession and exit planning


Employee benefit plans


The IRS has extended the relief of forced sales of livestock by a year

The Good Shepherd John Helle from Dillon, MT, Readers Digest, July/August 2015

Montana Ag-News: Succession of the Family Farm or Ranch Business, Spring 2015

Agriculture/Ranching Specialty Team

We serve farm and ranch clients across Montana. We know your world and listen well so we can understand your needs. We can help. Please call 406.442.1040 or contact any of our offices via email for a free consultation regarding farm or ranch questions.