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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Pheasants
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Pheasant Production

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

Professional game breeders in Pennsylvania produce one-half million commercial pheasants annually, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission also produces birds. 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., Lynn James, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Dairy goat production is an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations. 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
Drip irrigation of bell peppers
Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Production - Articles Articles

Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Production

Albert Jarrett, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Drip or trickle irrigation is a very efficient method of applying water and nutrients to crops. 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
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
Snap Beans
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Snap Bean Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and mechanical harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Understanding Agricultural Liability
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Understanding Agricultural Liability

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

As soon as someone enters your property, whether invited or not, you have some form of responsibility for that person’s safety. More
Understanding Your Federal Farm Income Taxes
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Understanding Your Federal Farm Income Taxes

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

Basic concepts and applications of federal income tax law for farmers. 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
Small-Scale Egg Production (Organic and Non-Organic)
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Small-Scale Egg Production (Organic and Non-Organic)

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

Egg production on a small scale is one of the oldest animal farming enterprises in recorded history. A small investment may yield several years of income. More
Rabbits
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Rabbit Production

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

Rabbit farming has grown from raising a few rabbits for family consumption to large commercial operations with hundreds of rabbits. More
Turkeys
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Small-Flock Turkey Production

R. Michael Hulet, 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
Onions
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Onion Production

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

Dry onions are a crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
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