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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Sweet Corn Ears
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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
Pheasants
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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
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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
Producción de Huevos en Pequeña Escala (Orgánica y Convencional)
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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
Crianza de Caprinos
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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
Boarding Horses
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Boarding Horses

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

Many people enjoy activities involving horses; however, they don't have the facilities to house their animals. More
Tomatoes on the Vine
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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
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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
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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
Cucumber
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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
Strawberries on Matted Row
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Strawberry Production

Kathy Demchak, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

The high value of strawberries creates potential for sizable profit from a small planting; however, the potential for serious problems also exists. More
Wine Grape Production
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Wine Grape Production

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

Grapes are produced in many areas throughout the Commonwealth and lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Peaches
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Peach Production

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

The life of the orchard is expected to be at least 20 years, so the initial investment may be spread over a longer period of time than many crops. More
Swine
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Swine Production

Lynn Kime, Robert E. Mikesell, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

While the trend in the swine industry continues towards larger farms, opportunities remain to make money by raising hogs in a part-time enterprise. More
Spring Lamb Production
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Spring Lamb Production

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

Compared to most other livestock enterprises, spring lamb production has lower investment costs and labor requirements, and quicker returns on investment. More
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