Southern Illinois’ farm markets and orchards are known throughout the U.S. They are listed on many reputable websites as some of the most unique and fun places to visit. This region contains several types of orchards, including peach, apple, and various berry orchards. Corn, soybeans, and alfalfa are all common crops as well. Several colleges, including Southern Illinois University’s School of Agricultural Science, devote their time to teaching students how to manage these crops and become successful in the agricultural world.
Many of us would love to farm, but unfortunately were not born on a farm. The Real Estate Group understands this desire, but we also want to share some things to keep in mind before you make your purchase. They include:
Your Farming Needs
If you want to buy farmland, you probably have a basic idea of how it will be used, but the basics can get complicated. You wouldn’t grow blueberries in the same way you would apples, and a dairy farm that supports Jersey cows may not easily support Angus cows. If you haven’t taken any higher-education farming courses, don’t despair. Much of farming can be self-taught if needed, and The Real Estate Group can recommend the right types of land for the farm you want.
The Marketing Plan
Owning a farm doesn’t mean foregoing the need for business plans. If anything, a farm needs a business plan even more than a small corporation does. Once you know what to raise, you need to know how to sell it and how much revenue you can expect from your farm each year. Speak to a financial advisor about creating a marketing plan, and consult the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (NSAIS). Hit the books and find manuals, e-books, and other sources for your specific type of farm. The Master Publication List is a big help, as are general sources about basic farming.
Always ensure your land is EPA-compliant and safe for your family, animals, and plants. Contact your Department of Health or Department of Natural Resources to learn how to take water and vegetation samples. Ensure any buildings are up to code and the soil is uncontaminated. If you find contaminants, seek assistance from the Department of Health or Department of Natural Resources immediately.