What are the best (and worst) states to start a new farm?
Farming and ranching aren’t the most glamorous professions — you’re up before sunrise to till the soil and milk the cows — but they are among the most rewarding and essential jobs.
The states of Kentucky, Oklahoma, and North Dakota
ranked #1, 2, and 3 as the best states to start a new farming operation
Besides feeding the world, the U.S. agriculture industry forms a big part of our economic backbone. All the rapid innovation over recent decades, too, means modern farmers and ranchers have far greater opportunities to expand in their field.
But which states are better if you want to start a Green Acres life or be At Home on the Range where the cattle and horses roam?
LawnStarter compared the 50 states across 44 key metrics to rank the Best States to Start a Farm or Ranch. We looked at the infrastructure, prevalence, environmental factors, cost, and potential returns of farming and ranching in each state.
Scroll down for our ranking and some highlights and lowlights. And don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty planting in the soil or cleaning the pig pens.
* Best and worst states for starting a farm, based on metrics including cost of an acre of land, property taxes, average farm size acreage.
3 North Dakota
14 South Dakota
17 New Mexico
23 South Carolina
29 North Carolina
35 West Virginia
36 New York
43 New Hampshire
45 New Jersey
47 Rhode Island
** Methodology and other graphics may be found here