There are several online library resources that you may find useful as you consider starting or building your farming or ranching operation.
First, the USDA’s National Agricultural Library provides a wonderful resource for beginning farmers: Start2Farm. Start2Farm is an online database of organizations, programs, and events directed towards beginning farmers. You can find information on education and training, technical assistance, financing your operation, and networking opportunities. The site allows you to drill down via categories of information to find exactly the information you want.
Second, the University of Minnesota hosts the Ag Risk and Farm Management Library. The Ag Risk library hosts information on risk management, marketing, financial management, legal concerns, and more.
If you are interested in agricultural and food law, the University of Arkansas National Agricultural Law Center provides a wealth of information, covering everything from current and previous Farm Bills to summaries of various state laws concerning agriculture.
The information in these libraries and resources is extensive and covers a wide variety of topics — it is worth just wandering around the digital bookcase to learn some new information that may be pertinent to your operation. If you have any questions about anything you read, feel free to contact us — we’re happy to help!