Finding Good Farmland: How to Evaluate and Acquire Land for Raising Crops and Animals

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Storey Publishing, 2013 - Business & Economics - 123 pages
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Buying your first farm can be a challenge. This practical guide contains all of the information you need to have before purchasing farmland, covering everything from the characteristics of the land (soil type, slope, water sources, drainage) and the surrounding area to permits, codes, taxes, roads, loans, mortgages, government assistance programs, and more. Checklists and questionnaires are included to help you decide exactly what you need and how to find it.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Water
18
Good Land
36
Buildings and Utilities
54
Neighbors and the Neighborhood
69
Government Regulations and Services
85
Financing a Farm
98
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Steve and Ann Larkin Hansen, authors of Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment, have run a family farm in Wisconsin for the last 20 years. While Steve has kept their farm equipment running smoothly, Ann has authored books, including The Organic Farming Manual, A Landowner's Guide to Managing Your Woods, Finding Good Farmland, Making Hay, and Electric Fencing. She has also served as a regional editor for The Country Today and a contributing writer to Mother Earth News.

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