Farm Manager / Real Estate Sales
PO Box 234
Glyndon, Minnesota 56547
Real Estate Broker:
Real Estate Sales Person: North Dakota.
Northwest Minnesota, West-central Minnesota, Eastern North Dakota, including the Red River Valley
North Dakota State University Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Management
Double minor in Agricultural Business and Agricultural Economics
Grew up and worked on a family farm near Glyndon, MN in the Red River Valley growing a variety of crops.
Responsibilities at FNC:
Professional Farm Manager and Real Estate Broker.
2020 FNC Gold Eagle Award - Real Estate Sales
2019, 2017, 2014, and 2008 FNC Business Development Award - Top 10 Placement in 28 state area
2019-Present: Chair of the Management Education Committee for ASFMRA MN Chapter
Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program - Class of 2019
2018 - ASFMRA Minnesota Chapter President
2015-2018: Served on the Management and Consulting Education/Accreditation Committee for ASFMRA
2013-2014 Served on the Government Relations Committee for ASFMRA
2013 Earned the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation from the Realtors Land Institute(RLI)
2012 ASFMRA Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.
2011 Earned the Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers(ASFMRA)
2010 FNC Bronze Eagle Award - Real Estate Sales
2008 FNC President's Circle Award - Real Estate Sales
Active member of Minnesota and North Dakota ASFMRA Chapters
Member of Realtors Land Institute (RLI)
Member of National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Minnesota Association of Realtors (MNAR)
"Please use my comments regarding the service we have received from you at Farmers National on your website if you wish...
We at Agri-Products highly recommend Mr. Eric Skolness with Farmers National. We had an emergency situation that Farmers National helped us with and we would recommend Farmers National Services to anyone who needs help managing their farm." -- Kenneth Muckala, President, Good Earth Agri-Products. (Please contact Eric Skolness if you would like to visit with Mr. Muckala about FNC services.)
"Your representation on my behalf was vital in the due diligence and offer process which resulted in a favorable and timely real estate transaction. Also important was the prompt negotiation and conclusion in leasing of this farmland. You are truly a professional in your work and I appreciate it greatly" - Lee Okeson
"Both Darwin [Thue] and Eric were very good. We got more for the land than two local realtors said we could expect. A lot more!"
- K. Twait
"We are absentee landlords who live hundreds of miles from our farms. It is not possible for us to look at the farms and provide proper oversight to our farming operations. Closer oversight can only be provided by a professional farm manager" - L. Morris
"Our goals for our farms are to receive a fair return on our assets and to preserve the land value for our heirs. We want a professional farm manager so that we can reach our goals with farm management that was consistent, objective, and fair for each of the four owners" - L. Morris
"FNC has a comprehensive code of ethics to which its farm managers are committed, stressing that the client landowners retain all final decisions. We have confidence in the way we are being served and feel that the services of the professional farm manager have far outweighed our costs"
“I realized my weakness in managing farmland was determining the rental rates on the farm ground. A strong point of FNC is their ability to determine a fair lease rate.
[Regarding real estate brokerage services provided by FNC]. On a recent transaction, I found some very suitable farmland in the Red River Valley that was for sale. I decided I needed assistance and contacted farm manager/real estate sales professional Eric Skolness, AFM, ALC. Eric worked on my behalf to get a successful sale taking into account land values, depreciation, etc. This resulted in me getting the best purchasing price. Due to my background, I am very proactive in my research, and Farmers National Company has the information I am looking for. Our family’s original farm ownership still exists after 126 years." -- Lee Okeson
FNC is able to serve all of your needs pertaining to rural agriculture. We can assist you in farm land management, appraisal, consultation, hunting leases, oil and gas management or farm land sales and will serve you in a professional manner. Don't hesitate to call or email Eric for an analysis of value on your property. REMEMBER...YOU ONLY HAVE ONE OPPORTUNITY TO SELL YOUR FARM, LET'S DO IT RIGHT!
Year started with FNC: 2006