Excerpts from the report Summary: How much land and other resources do farmers need to combine with their labor and management in order to obtain levels of earnings similar to those of semiskilled and skilled workers in nonfarm employment? How do farms with such resources compare with other farms in the same general area? At different stages in the growth of the operator's equity under specified farm-ownership-acquisition plans, how much income would these farms make available other purposes? These questions are among the central questions in a study of which this interim report is a beginning phase. This report deals with these questions in terms of specified types of farms in six widely separated areas: Cotton-beef farms in the Piedmont of South Carolina; dairy-cotton farms in western Tennessee; cotton farms in eastern Oklahoma; dairy farms in eastern Wisconsin; wheat-beef farms in the Central Plains of Kansas; and wheat farms in the Triangle-Judith Basin of Montana.