Agricultural Alternatives

The goal of the Agricultural Alternatives series is to help you evaluate all aspects of a given enterprise before you commit your time and money. Whether you are a full-time farmer looking to diversify or a part-time farmer looking to generate additional income from your property, there are many important issues to consider when selecting a new enterprise.

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Beef calf
Beef Cow-Calf Production - Articles Articles

Beef Cow-Calf Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

The beef cow-calf business is well adapted to small-scale and part-time farmers who have land suitable for pasture and hay production. More
Cucumber
Cucumber Production - Articles Articles

Cucumber Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Multiple markets exist for growers with fewer than 5 acres, and many field operations, such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting, can be custom hired. More
Organic Vegetable Production
Organic Vegetable Production - Articles Articles

Organic Vegetable Production

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Certification and labor costs are high but returns have the potential to be high where markets are well developed for organic products. More
Peppers
Pepper Production - Articles Articles

Pepper Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Peppers lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Budgeting for Agricultural Decision Making
Budgeting for Agricultural Decision Making - Articles Articles

Budgeting for Agricultural Decision Making

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

The various types of budgets are used for different purposes and this publication provides information covering the most commonly used budgets in agriculture. More
Agricultural Business Insurance
Agricultural Business Insurance - Articles Articles

Agricultural Business Insurance

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Risk management can take many forms, including insurance, production diversification, and business structure More
Asparagus
Asparagus Production - Articles Articles

Asparagus Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Asparagus is a perennial crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Beekeeping - Honey Bees
Beekeeping - Honey Bees - Articles Articles

Beekeeping - Honey Bees

Maryann Frazier, Tom Butzler, Lynn Kime, Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Honey bees can be managed to produce many products, but they are even more valued for the major role they play in pollination of agricultural crops. More
Asparagus Grower Interview
Asparagus Grower Interview - Videos Videos

Asparagus Grower Interview

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

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Asparagus producer video explaining the benefits and drawbacks of asparagus production. More
Flower Production
Cut Flower Production - Articles Articles

Cut Flower Production

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

The specialty cut-flower business may fit well into a small-scale and part-time farming operation. More
Pheasants
Pheasant Production - Articles Articles

Pheasant Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Professional game breeders in Pennsylvania produce one-half million commercial pheasants annually, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission also produces birds. More
Dairy Heifers
Dairy Heifer Production - Articles Articles

Dairy Heifer Production

Jud Heinrichs, Virginia A. Ishler, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

In most herds, dairy farmers replace 25 to 30 percent of the herd each year. These replacements represent a significant financial investment. More
Sweet Corn Ears
Sweet Corn Production - Articles Articles

Sweet Corn Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Crianza de Caprinos
Crianza de Caprinos - Articles Articles

Crianza de Caprinos

Melanie Barkley, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

La carne del ganado caprino se consume ampliamente en todo el mundo, especialmente en los países en desarrollo. More
Chukar
Partridge Production - Articles Articles

Partridge Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Partridge producers typically raise one of two distinct species, the chukar or the Hungarian partridge. More