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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Cooperatives - Articles Articles


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

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. More
Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers
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Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers

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

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. More
Cultivos de Pimiento
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Cultivos de Pimiento

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

Los pimientos se prestan bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a concept designed to encourage relationships between consumers and growers. More
Garlic Bulbs
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Garlic Production

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

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. More
Cantaloupe Production - Articles Articles

Cantaloupe Production

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

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. More
Christmas Tree Production
Christmas Tree Production - Articles Articles
Carefully plan for the establishment and marketing of your potential Christmas tree crop. 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
Partridge Production - Articles Articles

Partridge Production

R. Michael Hulet, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

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