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?

How to Buy Land for a Homestead or Small Farm (TreeHugger, Nov. 4, 2020)

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Farm (Trusted Choice, Apr. 16, 2020)

10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Agricultural Farmland for Sale (RLI Land, Jan. 31, 2020)

New Farmers (United States Department of Agriculture)

Financing Farm Property

The 7 Best Farm Loans of 2021 (Investopedia, Jan. 4, 2021)

USDA Offers Farm Loans for Underserved and Beginning Farmers (Capital Press, Nov. 3, 2020)

Loans to Start a Farm: Top Farm Financing Options (Fundera, Sep, 8, 2020)

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

Funding Resources (Loans/Grants) (Beginning Farmers)

Agricultural Property Values

Strong Land Prices Expected to Continue (Successful Farming, Jan. 7, 2021)

Farmland Price Transparency (Progressive Farmer, Dec. 1, 2020)

Land Values and Cash Rents (National Agricultural Statistical Service, Oct. 2020)

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

Hobby Farms

Affluent Buyers Agree to Be Hobby Farmers at This Unusual Hawaiian Development (Mansion Global, May 16, 2021)

How to Start a Hobby Farm (TreeHugger, Nov. 5, 2020)

Where Is the Best Place to Start a Hobby Farm? (Farm and Animals, Oct. 30, 2020)

Buying Land for Hobby Farming 101 (REALTORS® Land Institute, Jul. 2, 2020)

Beginning Farmers (Hobby Farms)


All Good in the Agrihood (Growing America, Oct. 1, 2020)

Anatomy of an Agrihood: Get Back to the Basics with Farm-to-Table Living (The Zebra, Aug. 4, 2020)

Agrihoods: Futureproofing the Cities of America (Planetizen, Jul. 28, 2020)

Welcome to the Agrihood (Curbed, Mar. 12, 2020)

Useful Websites

Agricultural Statistics by State (National Agriculture Statistics Service)

Agricultural Sustainability Institute (University of California, Davis)

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

Business Services (National Young Farmers Coalition)

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

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

Farm Beginnings Program (Land Stewardship Project)

Farm Business Toolbox (National Farmers Union)

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

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

REALTORS® Land Institute

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

Resources (Cornell Small Farms Program)

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

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 (Kindle, eBook)

Finding Good Farmland (Kindle, eBook)

Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely (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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