Field Guide to Agricultural/Farm Land
(Updated April 2016)
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. This field guide explores the pros and cons of owning farm property. (S. Hogan, Manager, Library & Archives)
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Highlights From the Census of Agriculture
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So You Want to Buy a Farm?
Understanding America’s Diverse Family Farms (Amber Waves, Jan.-Feb. 2016).
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.com, March 3, 2016).
How many acres do you need for a hobby farm or homestead?, (Rethink Rural, 2016).
The Rise of the Backyard Farm (REALTOR® Magazine, July 2015).
Think you could hack it as a farmer? Read this first, (Grist, April 30, 2015).
Northeast Beginning Farmer’s Field Guide: A Beginners Guide for Young Farmers, (Cornell University Cooperative Extension/Greenhorns, 2012).
Small Farm Business Advice for Beginning Farmers, (BeginningFarmers.org, 2011).
Farm Wisdom: Managing Risk on Small Farms Video Series, (Washington State Department of Agriculture, 2011).
Financing Farm Property
Farm Financial Management and Financing Resources, (New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, 2016).
Farmland leasing good option for new farmers, (Poughkeepsie Journal, April 7, 2016).
Farm Loan Programs, (FSA.USDA.gov, 2015)
Funding Resources (Loans/Grants), (BeginningFarmers.org, 2015).
Farm and Ranch Mortgage Loans, (FarmerMac, 2014).
Ag Finance 101: How to Choose the Right Lender, (AG Web, May 27, 2013).
Agricultural Property Values
Agricultural Economist Evaluates Rural Economy, (AG Web, April 25, 2016).
Farmland Value Guide, (AG Web, 2016).
Land Values: 2015 Summary, (USDA, Aug. 2015).
How Much Is the U.S. Worth?, (WSJ, April 22, 2015).
The Speculative Value of Farm Real Estate, (The Journal of Real Estate Research, April-June 2014). E
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).
Agricultural Act of 2014, (USDA, Jan. 30, 2015).
Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation, (USDA, April 17, 2015).
Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility; Actively Engaged in Farming (Proposed Rule Summary), (USDA FSA, March 26, 2015).
Food for Thought: Healthy Food Financing Initiative in Farm Bill, (The Food Trust, May 22, 2013).
Agricultural Statistics by State, (National Agriculture Statistics Service).
Census of Agriculture (USDA.gov)
Cooperative Extension System Offices (USDA.gov)
Farm Beginnings Program, (Land Stewardship Project).
Farm Loan Programs (FSA.USDA.gov)
Find Your Local USDA Office (USDA.gov).
Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, (Florida State University College of Law).
Publication 225 (2015), Farmer's Tax Guide, (IRS.gov).
Small Farm Funding Resources, (USDA Rural Information Center).
eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
Finding Good Farmland (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Buying Country Land (Adobe eBook)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. 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 Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
Farm appraisal principles, (Austin, TX: Sunbelt Eakin Press, 2002). HD 1393 Su8f
The appraisal of rural property, (Chicago, IL: The Appraisal Institute, 2000). HD 1393 Am3a
Appraisal & review guide for rural properties, (Alexandria, MN: The Appraisal Institute, 2000). HD 1387 M57
Living off the fat of the land, (New York, NY: Vantage Press, 2001). HG 4521 Ad7
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