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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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
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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
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Carefully plan for the establishment and marketing of your potential Christmas tree crop. More
Dairy Heifers
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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
Crianza de Caprinos
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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
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
Starting or Diversifying an Agricultural Business
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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
Flower Production
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Cut Flower Production

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

The specialty cut-flower business may fit well into a small-scale and part-time farming operation. More
Beef cattle
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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
Producción de Brócoli
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Producción de Brócoli

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

El brócoli es un cultivo que se presta bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Bedded white-tailed deer
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White-tailed deer farming has become an established and growing industry over the past two decades. More
Red Deer
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Red Deer Production

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

Potential producers should understand that they will need to be very active in marketing their product and be aware of the special handling requirements involved with deer. More
Cucumber
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Cucumber Production

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

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