The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization. It was incorporated in 1979 in the state of California and operates in Provo, Utah. The Foundation sponsors scholarly research and publications on Latter-day Saint scriptures, principally the Book of Mormon, and related subjects. It also produces bibliographies and other reference material in support of scholarly work. The FARMS Center for Electronic Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CEPART) undertakes projects dealing with collections of ancient religious documents, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, with the goal of making important and valuable material available to a wider segment of the scholarly world.
FARMS enjoys a close working relationship with Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but is independent of the university and all other organizations in terms of its sources of funding and management. Scholars working on FARMS-supported projects include professors and researchers from BYU and from other universities and research organizations. It operates on funding from private donations, royalties, interest income, and services.
Administered by a volunteer Board of Trustees, FARMS maintains a small professional staff for coordinating research projects, editing and publishing scholarly material, and providing overall direction for operations and development.