The age old question.. how to get more land. That is a tough one, but it's doable. Be an honest and upstanding citizen, work hard, and people will notice. Treat any land you gain like it is your own and not just another commodity. Be a friend to the landowner, and not just a business acquaintance. They say that farming is a business just like any other (and that is true), but people in the Midwest still put a value on integrity and relationships. Probably the easiest way to grow your operation is to put a sharp pencil to it. Well maintained, older equipment can do just as good of a job as new fancy stuff. High yields sound good at the coffee shop, but selling 100bu/A of corn at $6 is more profitable than selling 200bu/A of corn at $3. Focus on your return on investment and get good at marketing. Niche markets are another good way to generate income. A roadside stand can bring lots of money in, but they are more work.