Welcome To Northwest Farmer-Stockman, Inc.


Northwest Farmer-Stockman and Basic Financial Solutions - people know us best as the insurance and financial services organization recommended by the Farm Progress Magazines. Through the years, we’ve built lifelong relationships with thousands of farm and ranch families by listening to what’s important to them and discussing solutions designed to help them reach their goals and objectives.  As requests for our needs-based services has grown, our client base has naturally expanded to include many residents in the small towns and cities throughout rural America.


Who We Are

Our parent company, Cowles Company, is located in Spokane, WA.  Cowles Company got its start in 1890 when founding father William H. Cowles arrived in Spokane to be the business manager of The Spokesman, one of three local newspapers. By 1897 the  Cowles Company had purchased and consolidated the region's three largest newspapers into the Spokesman-Review which is still being published today. 

In 1939 Cowles Company partnered with Mutual of Omaha to bring insurance coverage to the rural Northwest.  Today the Northwest Farmer-Stockman and its sister company, Basic Financial Solutions,  specialize in providing insurance and financial services to rural America - farmers, ranchers, business owners and residents throughout the Northwest and Midwest. 

Today the Cowles Company has holdings that span manufacturing, forestry, real estate, digital media and green technology.  Over 120 years and counting, Cowles Company continues their legacy onward to the fifth generation.


What We Do

Through a consultative, needs-based approach, we’ve been helping our clients and their families protect and preserve what's important to them for years.  We recognize priorities and concerns will change as years go by and will likely include:

Health - protect against unexpected medical expenses, long lasting disabilities and the devastating costs of long term care.

Asset Protection and Preservation - protecting valuable assets like farms, ranches and businesses while preparing to transfer them to the next generation.

Retirement - planning ahead for retirement with a focus on safe money, optimum timing of social security benefits and maintaining current lifestyle.


Where We Do It

Northwest Farmer-Stockman, Inc., (DBA Basic Financial Solutions) is based in Spokane, WA.  We are licensed and doing business in thirteen states including Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.