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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Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking
Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking - Articles Articles

Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking

Sarah Cornelisse, Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Emily Montgomery

The renaissance of farm-based dairy processing can be attractive, but it is imperative that farmers research and plan all aspects of a new enterprise. More
Producción de Espárragos
Producción de Espárragos - Articles Articles
El espárrago es un cultivo perenne que se presta bien a las operaciones agrícolas a pequeña escala y a tiempo parcial con muchas oportunidades en el mercado. More
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Producción de Calabaza - Articles Articles
Las calabazas son un cultivo que se presta bien a las operaciones agrícolas a pequeña escala y a tiempo parcial. More
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Producción de Pepino - Articles Articles
Los pepinos se prestan bien a las operaciones agrícolas a pequeña escala ya tiempo parcial y existen múltiples mercados para los productores con menos de 5 acres. More
Producción de Carne de Vacas/Terneros
Producción de Carne de Vacas/Terneros - Articles Articles
Los productores pueden retener las becerras para la expansión del rebaño o venderlas, junto con los novillos, a los operadores de lotes de engorde. 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
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
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
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
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
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
Beef Cattle in feedlot
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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 Beef
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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
Dairy Goat
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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
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