Farming Magazines

Farming Magazines: Our list of the best periodicals out there for agriculture and homesteading news (Also see our new farmer websites and free web publications pages).

Farmers Markets Today premiered June 2007 and is published six times a year as a resource for direct market farmers and managers and vendors of farmers markets. Each issue is filled with information to help small farmers and farmers markets be more successful and profitable in selling their products. We share stories about what growers, artisans and farmers markets are doing to promote their businesses, reach new customers and develop value-added products.

Growing for Market covers farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture, the local food movement, organic growing, cut flowers, and much more. Growing for Market publishes 10 issues per year in print and online, and offers memberships to its online archive of articles.

Acres a monthly publication which offers a comprehensive guide to sustainable agriculture. Drawing on knowledge accumulated in more than 35 years of continuous publication, it brings its readers the latest techniques for growing bountiful, nutritious crops and healthy, vibrant livestock. Based on the work of scientists and farmers whose sophisticated approach to agriculture reveals chemical farming as obsolete and misguided, Acres U.S.A. shows its readers how to embrace the science of nature.

Mother Earth News is an iconic publication about country living, sustainability, and self reliance.

The Progressive Farmer is a magazine for conventional farmers with terrific information and articles. The DTN/Progressive Farmer website also has loads of information about everything farming, though some content requires a subscription.

American Small Farm is a nationally circulated publication catering exclusively to the interests and needs of the small farmer. It’s editorial focus pertains to farming practices, ideas and technology suitable to family farms.

Small Farmers Journal is a beautiful, large format agrarian quarterly packed with information. Supported 100% by its readership, this folksy and feisty publication is a platform for engaging farflung ideas about anything pertinent to the small family farm experiance. Livestock, Crops, Barns, Farming Systems, Equipment, Recipes, Kids pages, Marketing, Poetry, Stories, and Political Updates…

Small Farm Today The Original How-to Magazine of Alternative and Traditional Crops and Livestock, Direct Marketing, and Rural Livingwas founded by a small farmer in central Missouri in 1984, and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of small farming, rural living, sustainability, community, and agripreneurship. It is published on a farm, by a farmer, for farmers. Most of our readers are full- or part-time small family farmers, and many are using alternatives, such as growing high-value crops, raising unusual livestock, and direct marketing their products to bring in more income. Readers are extremely loyal—most read the magazine from cover to cover, including advertising, and pass the magazine along to neighbors, friends, and relatives.

Importance and Definition of Small Farms
Small Farm Today® defines a small farm as a farm that is 179 acres or less in size, or earns $50,000 or less in gross income per year. This definition is based on data from the Bureau of Census and USDA Census (1987-1997), results of the Small Farm Today® magazine survey of readers (1993-1998), and data from the New Farm Committee of the University of Missouri and Lincoln University (1989).

Debi Kelly, Project Manager at the Missouri Alternatives Center, and University of Missouri State Sustainable Agriculture Co-Coordinator publishes a great monthly e-newsletter through University of Missouri Extension called Ag Opportunities. To subscribe, or to check out back issues, go to

The Cut Flower Quarterly is the only regular publication dedicated to information about the production, postharvest care and marketing of cut flowers. Special issues include “New Varieties” and the “Postharvest Handling” editions. Click here to read a recent issue

The Packer ‘is the fresh fruit and vegetable industry’s leading source for news, information and analysis’. A fantastic source of information for farmers. The Grower is a related publication and website which also presents up to date news, and great links. Read them on line by clicking the links above.

Backyard Poultry is a bi-monthly publication with Feature Articles, as well as information on Breed Selection, Housing, Management, Health and Nutrition, Rare and Historic Breeds, News and Views, and a lot more on small scale poultry production.

Countryside and Small Stock Journal “is more than a magazine: it’s a network where homesteaders share a wide variety of experiences and ideas about simple, sustainable, country living. There are no guidelines and no paid writers. Instead, there is an open atmosphere of neighborly sharing.” A quintessential homesteading publication that has been around for years.

Hobby Farms® is the magazine for rural enthusiasts – hobby farmers, small production farmers and those passionate about the country.  Hobby Farms caters to all aspects of rural life – from small farm equipment, to livestock, to crops.  Hobby Farms highlights “rural living for pleasure and profit.”Sister publications include: Hobby Farm Home® which “highlights farmhouse activities such as cooking, crafting, collecting, pet care and home arts and skills”; and coming soon: Urban Farm™ magazine which “promotes the benefits of self sustainability and provides the tools with which to do it on any size property.”

Backwoods Home Magazine is a great publication on homesteading and small agricultural production. Their Website is loaded with information.