09 November 2016
Last Updated on 09 November 2016
Have You Always Wanted to Live on a Farm?
Have you ever dreamt of living on a farm? Or even owning your own farm? Of finding clean air and water, fresh food and a safe environment for yourself and your family? You may find your dream home through listings of ranches for sale in Texas. Whatever your purpose in wanting to live on a farm – peace and quiet, raising cattle or horses, ducks, chickens or even llamas, setting aside land for conservation – if you keep looking, you will find the place that’s right for you.
Are you looking for a farm?
While there are over 2 million farms in the U.S., only a small percentage are family farms. Most are huge commercial operations with an average size of 435 acres. Farmers play an important in role in the economy and contribute $136.3bn to annual exports as well.
For many people, buying a farm is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. What they don’t realize is that the dream is not out of reach, as they might have thought. What is your purpose in buying a farm?
Whether the farmland is being cultivated or specially set aside as conservation land, farmers, ranchers and other landowners use best practices like planting conservation buffers supported by farm bill initiatives. To date, they have installed over 2 million miles of conservation buffers to improve soil, air and water quality, while creating wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes.
Conservation efforts by farmers have reduced wind and water erosion of farmland by half since 1982. Many people also invest in Rocky Mountain ranches in order to set aside their land for conservation purposes. Forests are significant carbon sinks, as each tree can absorb over 10 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Forests are also the source of two thirds of the nation’s water supply.
As much as 60% of the forested land in the U.S. is privately owned. About 4 million trees are planted each day by private landowners. This comes to five trees a year for every single person – man, woman and child – in the country.
- Camping and recreation
One of the most popular reasons why people buy ranches in Oregon and other places is to have a private place where they can go camping, hiking and skiing. Camping comes in as one of the most popular outdoor activities in the country, as do hiking and backpacking. Many people will look for ranches with streams to use as a fishing property.
Ranches for sale in Texas can be used for commercial forestry as well. Owners may choose to plant rapid-growth or slow-growth timber. In fact 91% of the timber harvested in the U.S. comes from privately owned forests. The remainder is supplied by state, tribal and federally owned forests. The Forest Practice Rules govern reforestation practices.
- Equestrian farms
You’ve always loved horses and wanted your own. An equestrian estate with plenty of room for your horses and your family can be the reward you give yourself for all your hard work. Ranches for sale in Texas offer many differ types of spacious homes and stables with features such as veterinary facilities, training equipment, indoor and outdoor arenas, and even anti-pest stalls.
Whether you’re looking for equestrian farm land or fly fishing property, you are likely to find your future home in the listings of ranches for sale in Texas.