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.

One chapter of this report examines farm numbers and size, major land uses, farm real estate values, and the relationship between land ownership, farm size and other characteristics. Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012 Edition, describes trends in economic, structural, resource, and environmental indicators in the agriculture sector, focusing on changes since the release of Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2006 Edition.

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.

Community and Rural Development Institute.

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

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.

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."