Farm Business Overview

A pair of eyeglasses sitting on a book. (Copyright IStock)Business options for small-scale producers are diverse. Find the business planning tools you need to enhance your farming or ranching success.

USDA. Economic Research Service

Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2019, describes trends in economic, structural, resource, and environmental indicators in the agriculture sector. The indicators covered in this report provide assessments of important changes in U.S. agriculture—industry development; environmental effects; and implications for economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012
Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2006

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Small and midsize producers provide new opportunities for American agriculture across the country. This page provides small and midsize producers valuable resources and program information about access to capital, land management and conservation practices, managing risk, finding local markets, and other educational resources."

Renewing the Countryside Project.

Stories from people in every state who are "making a difference" in rural communities along with a comprehensive list of information and assistance resources.

Center for Rural Affairs.

Private, non-profit organization, working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches and rural communities. Research and publications focus on corporate farming and market access, entrepreneurship and economic development, conservation, high value markets, beginning farmer and rancher opportunities and rural schools.

Community and Rural Development Institute.

CARDI, based at Cornell University, features publications, research, and other resources that focus on community and economic development; agriculture and food systems development; and energy, land user and the environment.