Cachuma Ranch by Eyvind Earle

The Difference Between a Farm and a Ranch

The difference between a farm and a ranch is a matter of size and scope.

While a farm can occupy hundreds of acres, ranches often require much more acreage to operate. Waggoner Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States, for example, has 535,000+ acres (800+ square miles!). The largest farm in the U.S., by contrast, is ~190,000 acres.