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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Irrigation for Fruit and Vegetable Production
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Irrigation for Fruit and Vegetable Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Irrigation often is necessary because of the uneven distribution of precipitation throughout the year, especially during critical growth periods. More
Blueberries
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Highbush Blueberry Production

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

Blueberries are well suited for small-scale and part-time farm operations. More
Golden Delicious Apples
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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
Understanding Agricultural Liability
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Understanding Agricultural Liability

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

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
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., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and mechanical harvesting - can be custom-hired. 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
Turkeys
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Small-Flock Turkey Production

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

Raising turkeys can be a satisfying educational activity as well as a source of economical, high-quality meat for your family and friends. More
Riego por goteo de pimientos.
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Riego por Goteo para la Producción Vegetal

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Albert Jarrett, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

La irrigación o riego por goteo o chorreo es un método muy eficiente para la aplicación de agua y nutrientes para los cultivos. 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
Producción Orgánica de Vegetales
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Producción Orgánica de Vegetales

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

Hay muchas razones para considerar el cultivo de vegetales orgánicos. La producción orgánica es un sistema que se presta bien para las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Tomates
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Producción de Tomates

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS, Steve Bogash

Los tomates se prestan bien a las 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, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D., Steve Bogash

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