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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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
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
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
Sweet Corn Ears
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Sweet Corn Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Initial investment is relatively low, and many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Bobwhite Quail
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Bobwhite Quail Production

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

Bobwhite quail production may provide resources for stocking areas where native bird numbers have dwindled. More
Meat Goat Production
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Meat Goat Production

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

Demand for goat meat, milk, cheese, and hide has steadily increased in the United States along with the proliferation of ethnic and specialty markets. More
Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers
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Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers

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

Marketing is important to all farm enterprises, regardless of size. More
Dairy Beef
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Dairy-Beef Production

Tara L. Felix, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

Production of high-quality dairy-beef is relatively new to the beef industry and depends almost entirely on Holstein bull calves. More
Peppers
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Pepper Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Peppers lend themselves well to small-scale and 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
Financing Small-Scale and Part-Time Farms
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With newcomers to farming in mind, this article explores the available options for planning and financing a small-scale or part-time enterprise. More
Starting or Diversifying an Agricultural Business
Starting or Diversifying an Agricultural Business - Articles Articles
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
Pheasants
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Pheasant Production

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

Professional game breeders in Pennsylvania produce one-half million commercial pheasants annually, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission also produces birds. 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
Chukar
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Partridge Production

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

Partridge producers typically raise one of two distinct species, the chukar or the Hungarian partridge. More
Agricultural Business Insurance
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Agricultural Business Insurance

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

Risk management can take many forms, including insurance, production diversification, and business structure More