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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Managing Small Woodlots
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Sometimes woodlot owners want or need to harvest timber from their woods. You can improve your woods for the future or cause damage from which it might not recover for generations. More
Boer Goat
Meat Goat Production - Articles Articles

Meat Goat Production

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

Demand for goat meat, milk, cheese, and hide has steadily increased in the United States along with the proliferation of ethnic and specialty markets. More
Maple Syrup Production
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Maple Syrup Production

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

The production of maple syrup requires access to suitable woodland and many hours of labor within a short season. More
Inicio o Diversificación de un Negocio Agrícola
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Debido a la diversidad de las condiciones de producción y las oportunidades de mercadeo, el estado de Pensilvania se presta fácilmente para la producción agrícola de pequeña escala. More
Entendiendo la Responsabilidad Civil Agrícola
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Como propietario de un negocio agrícola o de alguien que arrienda las tierras para su disposición agrícola, usted se enfrenta a problemas de responsabilidad civil. More
Desarrollando un Plan de Negocio
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Como la frase indica, un plan de negocios es una "hoja de ruta" para guiar el futuro del negocio o proyecto. More
Comercialización para Productores de Pequeña Escala y de Tiempo Parcial
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Comercialización para Productores de Pequeña Escala y de Tiempo Parcial

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

El mercadeo es importante para todas las empresas agrícolas, sin tomar en cuenta su tamaño. More
Developing a Roadside Farm Market
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Developing a Roadside Farm Market

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John Berry, James Dunn, Ph.D., 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
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Bison Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

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

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

Initial investment in a broccoli production operation is relatively low, and many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom hired. More
Earthworm Production
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Earthworm Production

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

Most commercially raised worms live in surface litter and feed on decaying organic matter. The primary bait worm raised in the United States is the red earthworm (Lumbricus rubellus). More
Elk
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Elk Production

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

Commercial elk farming has seen steady growth in the United States because of increasing demand for deer products and minimal acreage requirements for production. More
Introduction to Aquaculture
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Introduction to Aquaculture

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

The type of aquaculture operation that you begin will be influenced by your financial and labor resources as well as available markets. More
Bobwhite Quail
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Bobwhite Quail Production

Phillip Clauer, R. Michael Hulet, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

In Pennsylvania and other parts of the country, loss of natural habitats has created market demand for commercially bred birds, which are used to stock shooting preserves and wild areas. More