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Old 05-29-2019, 07:50 PM
 
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What is your goal with the hobby farm? Is is going to be your main means of support or a lot of great fresh produce and a little extra cash. Those are really the main 2 reasons for most hobby farmers.

I can help you out with the hobby farm aspect. As to the location, if you pick SD make sure to stick to the eastern half of the state. Your specific location will be very important depending on how you want to use the hobby farm.

If you have any specific questions post them or PM me.
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:09 PM
 
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What is your goal with the hobby farm? Is is going to be your main means of support or a lot of great fresh produce and a little extra cash. Those are really the main 2 reasons for most hobby farmers.

I can help you out with the hobby farm aspect. As to the location, if you pick SD make sure to stick to the eastern half of the state. Your specific location will be very important depending on how you want to use the hobby farm.

If you have any specific questions post them or PM me.



What I have in mind is a few sheep, chickens, garden just for me and the wife, not looking to really make any money off it.....least I haven't thought about do that....at least a 100 (300 would be better) yard range for target practice, a shop with a car lift.....do some wood working.....Saw mill...I always end up with more than enough projects. I just don't want to have to look at my neighbor every time I walk out the door.
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:24 PM
 
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What I have in mind is a few sheep, chickens, garden just for me and the wife, not looking to really make any money off it.....least I haven't thought about do that....at least a 100 (300 would be better) yard range for target practice, a shop with a car lift.....do some wood working.....Saw mill...I always end up with more than enough projects. I just don't want to have to look at my neighbor every time I walk out the door.
OK you can do that almost anyplace in rural SD. I have experience with the monetary aspect of a small farm. If you had plans of making $ doing it, it limits your locations.
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Old 08-02-2019, 11:47 AM
 
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First question is really, are you going to FARM or RANCH? Land to the east of the Missouri River (AKA East River) is more fertile and better for farming. Land to the west, West River is better for ranching. Regardless of where you end up, you must have water rights. Just because their is an aquifer under your land or a river flowing thru it does not mean you are free to take the water. (In Nevada you can buy a square mile of land for less than $100,000 and it is worthless as land because there are no water rights.) So in any listing, make sure you keep the water issue in mind. No so vital but of interest is in the Black Hills they may be separate mineral rights that are not part of your property. So you might be able to buy some surface rights cheap but then the guy who owns the mineral rights can come and start digging. There is also the issue of access. There is some land near Rapid City that is really REALLY cheap but there is no access because thru the years the land was subdivided and the owner did not think ahead and ended up with a piece of land that has no access except by trespassing over someone else's land as they did not even arrange an access easement. So make sure you have access that can not be cut off. Bottom line, if the price looks really good, watch out as there may be a catch to it.
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Old 08-02-2019, 06:04 PM
 
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Water rights - That's true in most of the western states. Easement is not always a sure thing. Like you wrote - trespassing and not often does the Forest Service grant access.


As to the earlier comments about taxes. When you find a property - you can look up the applicable tax rate on zillow.com
Some properties I viewed today have rates ranging from 1.15 - 1.5
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Old 12-14-2020, 01:43 PM
 
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Maybe a hobby ranch is more what I am looking at, being able to bring in a few extra bucks every year would be a plus.

I have been looking at AR, see some places in the higher areas, 6K and above, also looking in the WY, UT and NM areas. I took SD off, due to it being so hard for a resident to get a deer license and would prefer to be somewhere where there are elk or bigger game to stock the freezer.....trying to stay in the western areas.
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