New Agricultural Alternatives Publications Available
Posted: September 15, 2009
The Small-scale and Part-time Farming Project at Penn State would like to announce that revised versions of the Agricultural Alternatives publications “Potato Production,” (UA 360) and “Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-scale and Part-time Growers” (UA262) are now available through the College of Agricultural Sciences Publication Distribution Center.
Farmers and landowners who request information on alternative agricultural enterprises are motivated for many reasons. Many want to know if an enterprise will provide them with a profitable alternative to something they are currently growing. Some people wish to diversify their crop or livestock mix to better deal with the risks inherent in agriculture. Others are looking for enterprises that take into account family considerations and off-farm employment.
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, with support from the USDA-Extension Service, has developed a series of publications called Agricultural Alternatives to meet the need for this type of information. These farm business and enterprise-oriented fact sheets are prepared with the assistance of field staff and specialists in agricultural economics, agronomy, dairy and animal science, entomology, forestry, horticulture, plant pathology, and poultry science.
Unlike production guides that are available for experienced producers, the Agricultural Alternatives fact sheets are developed for those less familiar with the enterprise. Each fact sheet contains information covering marketing, production issues, enterprise budgeting, and resource requirements to help users make a balanced evaluation of the enterprise for their operation.
Each publication contains a list of references, websites, and trade and marketing association addresses where more information can be obtained on the enterprise. Additional facts sheets focus on business management topics including enterprise budgeting, financing, marketing, and irrigation.
Publications are available on-line at: http://agalternatives.aers.psu.edu
Paper copies can be obtained from:
Publication Distribution Center
The Pennsylvania State University
112 Agricultural Administration Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802