On the surface, buying a farm has a very 'get away from it all' sort of appeal. The reality is that farming can be emotionally and financially stressful with success dependent upon many variables, including the weather, taxes, domestic and foreign competition, etc. The rewards, however, can be considerable.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require the member's nar.realtor login.

Want to Buy a Farm?

Small-Scale Farmers Find Big Success (Capital Press, Nov. 28, 2019)

How to Buy Land (Rethink Rural, Aug. 28, 2019)

Don’t Overlook These 5 Considerations When Buying Farmland (Hobby Farms, Apr. 4, 2019)

Are You Truly Ready to Buy a Farm? (Successful Farming, Jan. 16, 2019)

New Farmers (United States Department of Agriculture)

Financing Farm Property

5 Things You Need to Know About Financing Your Farm (Urban Ag News, Dec. 11, 2019)

Best Financing Options for Farmers (Nav, Oct. 17, 2019)

Securing a Loan on Agricultural Land: The What, Why and How (National Funding, Jan. 31, 2019)

USDA Farm Service Agency: Beginning Farmer Loan Programs (Center for Rural Affairs, 2018)

Value Added Producer Grants (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Farm Financial Management and Financing Resources (New Entry Sustainable Farming Project)

Farm and Ranch Mortgage Loans (FarmerMac, 2019)

Farm Loan Programs (U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency)

Funding Resources (Loans/Grants) (Beginning Farmers)

Agricultural Property Values

Determining Ag Land’s Value Is Daunting, but Important (Lancaster Farming, Nov. 24, 2019)

NCREIF Farmland Property Index (National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, 3rd Quarter 2019)

Land Values 2019 Summary (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Aug. 2019)

Farmland Values Remain Stable, Despite Downward Pressure (Farm Credit Services of America, Jul. 29, 2019)

Farmland Values Hold Firm (Progressive Farmer, Feb. 4, 2019)

Hobby Farms

3 Tips for Starting a Hobby Farm (Kiowa County Press, Nov. 21, 2019)

Going Whole Hog on a Hobby Farm (Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov. 11, 2019) E

What Is a Hobby Farm? (The Spruce, Oct. 18, 2019)

A Look inside Hobby Farm Life (Hello Homestead, Jul. 19, 2019)

Is a Hobby Farm Right for You? (Legacy Farms and Ranches of North Carolina, Apr. 24, 2019)


An Amarillo ‘Agrihood’ in the Making: New Community Farm at The Vineyards (News Channel 10, Nov. 8, 2019)

Agrihood Development Brings Urban Farming to Denver (CBS Denver, Oct. 11, 2019)

What Does the Farmer Say about Agrihoods? (Urban Land, Oct. 7, 2019)

Meet the Farm-Based Neighborhoods Changing the Face of Master-Planned Communities (Forbes, Sep. 12, 2019)

Agrihoods Feed Buyer Interest with Hip Amenities (REALTOR® Magazine, May 30, 2019)

Welcome to the 'Agrihood': Subdivision Built Around Farm (U.S. News & World Report, Mar. 10, 2019)

Useful Websites

Agricultural Statistics by State (National Agriculture Statistics Service)

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

Beginning Farmers

Farm Beginnings Program (Land Stewardship Project)

Farmer Mac

Find Your Local USDA Office (United States Department of Agriculture)

REALTORS® Land Institute

Census of Agriculture (U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Agricultural Statistical Service)

Farm Loan Programs (U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency)

Publication 225 (2019), Farmer's Tax Guide (Internal Revenue Service)

Small Farm Funding Resources (U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Agricultural Library)

Agricultural Sustainability Institute (University of California, Davis)

Farm Answers (Center for Farm Financial Management – University of Minnesota, U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

New Farmers (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Resources (Cornell Small Farms Program)

WSU Extension Small Farms Resources (Washington State University)

eBooks & Other Resources


The Back to Basics Handbook: A Guide to Buying and Working Land, Raising Livestock, Enjoying Your Harvest, Household Skills and Crafts, and More (eBook)

The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner (Kindle, eBook)

Buying Country Land (eBook)

Finding Good Farmland (Kindle, eBook)

Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely (Kindle, eBook)

Mini Farming (Audiobook)

The Profitable Hobby Farm: How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business (eBook)

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Food (Kindle, eBook)

The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming (Kindle, eBook)

The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency (Kindle, eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Rural Property Valuation (Chicago, IL: Appraisal Institute, 2017) HD1393 .R864 2017

Journals Available through EBSCO (E)

Agricultural Research - Research articles on food, nutrition and aspects of farming and pest control published by the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

Farmers Weekly - News & views about the business of farming, and topical technical information from independent experts designed to help farmers manage their businesses more effectively.

Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers – Articles represent a cross-section of happenings in the various agricultural professions.

Journal of Farm Management - Publishes articles that survey and report on agricultural business management, including topics such as production, marketing, agricultural merchandising, new developments, research, and successful achievements in agricultural business management.

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