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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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
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
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 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
Sweet Corn Ears
Sweet Corn Production - Articles Articles

Sweet Corn Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. 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
Pheasants
Pheasant Production - Articles Articles

Pheasant Production

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

Professional game breeders in Pennsylvania produce one-half million commercial pheasants annually, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission also produces birds. 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 P Martin, Ph.D., PAS, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Paul Patterson, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS

La producción de huevos en pequeña escala es una de las empresas agrícolas de animales más antiguas registrada en la historia. More
Dairy Beef
Dairy-Beef Production - Articles Articles

Dairy-Beef Production

Tara L. Felix, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

Production of high-quality dairy-beef is relatively new to the beef industry and depends almost entirely on Holstein bull calves. 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
Crianza de Caprinos
Crianza de Caprinos - Articles Articles

Crianza de Caprinos

Melanie Barkley, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS

La carne del ganado caprino se consume ampliamente en todo el mundo, especialmente en los países en desarrollo. More
Flower Production
Cut Flower Production - Articles Articles

Cut Flower Production

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

The specialty cut-flower business may fit well into a small-scale and part-time farming operation. More
Beef calf
Beef Cow-Calf Production - Articles Articles

Beef Cow-Calf Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

The beef cow-calf business is well adapted to small-scale and part-time farmers who have land suitable for pasture and hay production. More
Beef cattle
Beef Background Production - Articles Articles

Beef Background Production

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

Backgrounding is a beef production system that involves maximal use of pasture and forages from the time calves are weaned until they are placed in a feedlot. More
Red Deer
Red Deer Production - Articles Articles

Red Deer Production

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

Potential producers will need to be very active in marketing their product and be aware of the special handling requirements involved with deer. More
Bedded white-tailed deer
White-tailed Deer Production - Articles Articles
White-tailed deer farming has become an established and growing industry over the past two decades. More
Watermelon
Watermelon Production - Articles Articles

Watermelon Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or fewer. Many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Tomatoes on the Vine
Tomato Production - Articles Articles

Tomato Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Many marketing opportunities are available for small-scale growers, making it easier for growers to find niche and more substantial markets. More
Pumpkins
Pumpkin Production - Articles Articles

Pumpkin Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Pumpkins are well-suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Marketing opportunities, such as wholesale, retail, and pick-your-own, are options. More
Peppers
Pepper Production - Articles Articles

Pepper Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Peppers lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Organic Vegetable Production
Organic Vegetable Production - Articles Articles

Organic Vegetable Production

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

Certification and labor costs are high but returns have the potential to be high where markets are well developed for organic products. More
Potatoes
Potato Production - Articles Articles

Potato Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

With many varieties and high consumer consumption, potatoes fit well with many small growers and can be marketed through various outlets. More
Cucumber
Cucumber Production - Articles Articles

Cucumber Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Multiple markets exist for growers with fewer than 5 acres, and many field operations, such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting, can be custom hired. More
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