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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Boarding Horses
Boarding Horses - Articles Articles

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
Beekeeping - Honey Bees
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Beekeeping - Honey Bees

Maryann Frazier, Tom Butzler, Lynn Kime, Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Honey bees can be managed to produce many products, but they are even more valued for the major role they play in pollination of agricultural crops. More
Beef calf
Beef Cow-Calf Production - Articles Articles

Beef Cow-Calf Production

H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

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
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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
Potatoes
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Potato Production

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

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

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

Asparagus is a perennial crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. 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
Golden Delicious Apples
Apple Production - Articles Articles

Apple Production

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

Apples may be grown in many parts of the country and lend themselves well to part-time farming operations. 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
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
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