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The facilities (structures) as well as the equipment (tractors, implements, machinery, tools, etc.) of a farm operation play an important role in the productivity and profitability of the farm. Facilities and equipment are typically thought of as investments and labor savers, but they can become a source of financial ruin for the farm. It is essential for the farmer to design or adapt, utilize and maintain all farm facilities and equipment for optimum use, efficiency and safety. This section lists resources by category to help farmers gain knowledge and understand how best to utilize space and equipment on the farm for housing, storage and productivity.


Farmstead Planning

Power (electricity, solar, wind)



Design & Construction

Building Plans from Land Grant Universities 

Building Maintenance and Use

Greenhouses/Hoop Houses

Sales Areas

Feed Storage

Product Storage (dry storage, refrigeration, root cellars)


 Tractors and Implements

Machinery Selection

Machinery Purchase or Lease?

Farm Machinery Maintenance

Farm Eqiupment Safety and Use

Farm Shop

Manure Handling & Storage

Waste Water Handling


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Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine
Phone: 207-353-5550 or 800-287-1458 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System