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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Cooperatives are an ancient concept where a group works together to meet common needs. This informal arrangement evolved over time into a formal business organization.
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Marketing is important to all farm enterprises, regardless of size. It is strongly recommend that you identify and research your market before you become a fruit and vegetable grower.
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Los pimientos se prestan bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial.
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Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a concept designed to encourage relationships between consumers and growers.
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Garlic is a crop that is well suited to a small acreage or as part of a larger direct marketing operation looking to diversify its mix of crops.
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Cantaloupes are a crop that is well-suited to small-scale and part-time farms. There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or less, and many field operations can be custom-hired.
Carefully plan for the establishment and marketing of your potential Christmas tree crop.
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In most herds, dairy farmers replace 25 to 30 percent of the herd each year. These replacements represent a significant financial investment.
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Initial investment is relatively low, and many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired.
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La carne del ganado caprino se consume ampliamente en todo el mundo, especialmente en los países en desarrollo.
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Partridge producers typically raise one of two distinct species, the chukar or the Hungarian partridge.
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.
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.
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.
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A profitable Pennsylvania sheep milk industry needs three components: customers, processors, and distributors.