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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Developing a Business Plan
Developing a Business Plan - Articles Articles
An important task in starting a new venture is to develop a business plan, which is a "road map" to guide the future of a business or venture. More
Farm House and Buildings
Owning and Leasing Agricultural Real Estate - Articles Articles
Land is the basic resource that distinguishes agriculture from most other types of businesses because it is required for the production of crops and livestock. More
Seguro para Empresas Agrícolas
Seguro para Empresas Agrícolas - Articles Articles
Si usted tiene actualmente una empresa agrícola o está decidiendo empezar un negocio agrícola, obtener seguro debe ser parte de su estrategia para la administración de riesgos. More
Milking Sheep
Milking Sheep Production - Articles Articles

Milking Sheep Production

Virginia A. Ishler, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

A profitable Pennsylvania sheep milk industry needs three components: customers, processors, and distributors. More
Producción de Huevos en Pequeña Escala (Orgánica y Convencional)
Producción de Huevos en Pequeña Escala (Orgánica y Convencional) - Articles Articles

Producción de Huevos en Pequeña Escala (Orgánica y Convencional)

Gregory Martin, PAS, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Paul Patterson

La producción de huevos en pequeña escala es una de las empresas agrícolas de animales más antiguas registrada en la historia. More
Beef Cattle in feedlot
Feeding Beef Cattle - Articles Articles

Feeding Beef Cattle

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

Beef cattle feeding is possible on small and part-time farms, but the cost of feeding drops significantly as the size of the operation increases. More
Dairy Goat
Dairy Goat Production - Articles Articles

Dairy Goat Production

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Dairy goat production is an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations. More
Dairy Beef
Dairy-Beef Production - Articles Articles

Dairy-Beef Production

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

Production of high-quality dairy-beef is relatively new to the beef industry and depends almost entirely on Holstein bull calves. More
Financing Small-Scale and Part-Time Farms
Financing Small-Scale and Part-Time Farms - Articles Articles
With newcomers to farming in mind, this article explores the available options for planning and financing a small-scale or part-time enterprise. More
Starting or Diversifying an Agricultural Business
Starting or Diversifying an Agricultural Business - Articles Articles
Small-scale farming can be a very satisfying lifestyle, but to be financially successful you also need to view your operation as a business. More
Christmas Tree Production
Christmas Tree Production - Articles Articles
Carefully plan for the establishment and marketing of your potential Christmas tree crop. More
Developing a Roadside Farm Market
Developing a Roadside Farm Market - Articles Articles

Developing a Roadside Farm Market

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

Retailing directly to consumers can be a viable alternative marketing strategy and means of increasing profits for many small-scale agricultural ventures. More
Agritainment
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Agritainment

Lynn Kime

Many small-scale and part-time farms may increase income by offering agritainment opportunities. More
Bison
Bison Production - Articles Articles

Bison Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Bison adapt to a wide range of environments, feed sources, and management systems. More
Broccoli
Broccoli Production - Articles Articles

Broccoli Production

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

Initial investment in broccoli production is relatively low and can be throughout the summer and early fall. More