The cost of buying a farm can add to the cost of starting a farming operation. Renting may be an option for individual or companies that require less infrastructure or where the investment in infrastructure — such as irrigation pipes, a greenhouse, or fencing — is portable.
If infrastructure involves improvements that are not easily removed, like constructing a fish pond or building, then it may not be wise to invest on land you do not own, unless the owner pays for these improvements. If the property that you want to rent already has buildings suitable to your enterprise, then a rental agreement might also include use of buildings.
Finding good farmland to rent may be as challenging as finding good farmland to buy. However, contacting owners of a desirable property by personal letter and/or phone call can be effective too. Also, check with area realtors and farmers.
Once you find some possible properties to rent, consider the soil type, drainage, if there is a water supply, and what it will take to bring the land into production. It is important to find a site that matches the production requirements of the enterprise you want to set up and develop.