Agricultural/Farm Land


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.


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Want to Buy a Farm?

Farming Giants Squeeze Out Smaller Operators (REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 23, 2017)

From Boom to Bust? Farmlands Are In Trouble (REALTOR® Magazine, Feb. 9, 2017)

Beginning Farmers (Resource Guide, Cornell Small Farms Program, 2017)

Managing Farm Risk (Resource Guide, Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture, 2017)

Small Farms (Resource Guide, University of Minnesota Extension, 2017)

A Beginning Farmer’s Checklist for Buying a Small Farm (Hobby Farms, March 4, 2016)

5 Zoning Issues You Need to Be Aware of Before Buying Farm Land (Homes Blog, March 3, 2016)

How many acres do you need for a hobby farm or homestead? (Rethink Rural, 2016)

A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Jul. 2015)

Financing Farm Property

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

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

Farm Loan Programs, (United States Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency)

Funding Resources (Loans/Grants), (Beginning Farmers)

Farm and Ranch Mortgage Loans, (FarmerMac)

Farmland leasing good option for new farmers, (Poughkeepsie Journal, Apr. 7, 2016)

CFPB Looks to Expand ‘Rural’ Designated Areas (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar. 3, 2016)

Agricultural Property Values

Land Values: 2017 Summary (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Aug. 2017)

Sustainable Land Values and Price Premiums for North American Farmland (International Journal of Agricultural Management, 2016) E

The Speculative Value of Farm Real Estate (The Journal of Real Estate Research, April-June 2014) E

Hobby Farms

Goats, Alpacas and (of Course) a Hen: Life on a Hobby Farm (New York Times, Feb. 11, 2017)

Rise of ‘hobby farms’ means more growers get maimed, killed (The Washington Post, Nov. 28, 2017)

Starting a Small Hobby Farm (Resource Guide, Southern States, 2017)

Top 10 Tips for Starting Your Hobby Farm (The Spruce, May 28, 2017)

What Can I Do With My Small Farm? (Oregon State University Extension, Feb. 2016)

8 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Your Hobby Farm (Grit, Feb. 22, 2016)

The Real Cost Of Your Roast Chicken (Hobby Farms, Nov. 12, 2015)

More city dwellers are embracing 'hobby farms' (LA Times, July 24, 2015)

Raising Chickens for Egg Production (Extension, May 5, 2015)


Rich millennials are ditching the golf communities of their parents for a new kind of neighborhood (Business Insider, Oct. 30, 2017)

10 ‘Agrihoods’ Growing Across the Country (Seedstock, Oct. 2, 2017)

Inside the “Agrihood” Residential Real-Estate Boom (Architectural Digest, Sep. 27, 2017)

Farm Life in the ’Burbs Is a Hot Commodity (REALTOR® Magazine, Aug. 9, 2017)

Seeds of a New Community: Farm Living Takes Root in the Suburbs (, Aug. 9, 2017)

Behind the Rise of Farm-to-Table "Agrihood" Communities (CBS News, Aug. 7, 2017)

Inside the Agrihood Trend (REALTOR® Magazine, May 2017)

Why You Should Move Into An "Agrihood" (Forbes, Nov. 8, 2016)

More Home Buyers Say: Give Me an ‘Agrihood’ (REALTOR® Magazine, Jul. 11, 2016)

Useful Websites

Agricultural Statistics by State (National Agriculture Statistics Service)

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

Beginning Farmers

Census of Agriculture (United States Department of Agriculture)

Farm Beginnings Program (Land Stewardship Project)

Farmer Mac

Farm Loan Programs (United States Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency)

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

Publication 225 (2015), Farmer's Tax Guide (Internal Revenue Service)

Small Farm Funding Resources (USDA Rural Information Center)

eBooks & Other Resources


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

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

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

Finding Good Farmland (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

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

Buying Country Land (Adobe eBook)

The profitable hobby farm: How to build a sustainable local foods business (Adobe eBook)

Journals available through EBSCO (E)

Farm Industry News - For high-income farmers in 12 Midwestern states

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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