Is there a difference? DH and I are having a continuing "discussion" about this, as we are trying to come up with a name for the new homestead! LOL I think it may well be an example of how men and women mentally categorize things differently . His view is if you are growing row crops/grain- its a farm...if livestock is your primary product, its a ranch... Mine isnt quite so logically based- I tend to think of a Ranch as something quite large, like thousands of acres out west. A "Home on the Range" kinda thing. Somehow, it just sounds ostentatious to me to call small acreage a ranch, even if you are raising beef cattle! I think its really grass farming. I'm just wondering if anyone knows if there are any real definitions or differences. For example, is there a difference for tax purposes, or some other "official" criteria? Bottom line- I couldnt care less what we call it, as long as I get it and live on it and work it! And if he's happy, I'm happy- thats more important to me than semantics. But I think that an attractive name is important for marketing. Since our current developing "business plan" includes direct marketing naturally raised beef and other animal products I think coming up with an acceptable name has value. He agrees. Will calling it a ranch be a detriment or a benefit?