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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Strawberries on Matted Row
Strawberry Production - Articles Articles

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
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
Pumpkins
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Pumpkin Production

Jayson K. Harper, 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
Tomatoes on the Vine
Tomato Production - Articles Articles

Tomato Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Many marketing opportunities are available for small-scale growers, making it easier for growers to find niche and more substantial markets. 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
Sweet Corn Ears
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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
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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
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 Martin, PAS, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Paul Patterson

La producción de huevos en pequeña escala es una de las empresas agrícolas de animales más antiguas registrada en la historia. 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
Turkeys
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Small-Flock Turkey Production

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

Raising turkeys can be a satisfying educational activity as well as a source of economical, high-quality meat for your family and friends. More
Producción de Maíz Dulce
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Producción de Maíz Dulce

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

El maíz dulce es un cultivo que se presta bien para operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Papa
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Producción de Papa

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

Debido a la amplia diversidad de tipos y el alto consumo por los consumidores, las papas son una buena opción empresarial para muchos productores. More
Producción de Tomates
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Producción de Tomates

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

Los tomates se prestan bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
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