Diversifying Your Products and Enterprises

Make sure to check out the links on the General Resources - Market Development page, starting with your state's agricultural resources. 

 

Companion Planting: Basic Concepts and Resources

Companion planting is based on the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted in near proximity. The scientific and traditional bases for these plant associations are discussed

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/complant.html

 

Diversifying Cropping Systems

Diversifying can soften impacts on environmental resources, spread farmers' economic risk, exploit profitable niche markets and-by creating new industries based on renewable agriculture resources-strengthen rural communities. This bulletin describes some of the many agronomic crop alternatives, with plentiful examples of on-farm successes.

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Bulletins/Diversifying-Cropping-Systems

 

Evaluating a Rural Enterprise

This publication is for people who already live in rural areas and want to add new enterprises to their operations. Its sections guide the reader in evaluating resources, assessing finances, gathering information, and marketing. It also discusses choosing an "alternative" enterprise and offers further resources.

http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/evalrural.html

 

Moving Beyond Conventional Cash Cropping

This publication is written for those looking for a way out of the high risk, long hours, low pay, poor prices, and dim future associated with conventional cash crop production.

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/cashcropping.html

 

Primer for Selecting New Enterprises for Your Farm

This publication is designed to help producers evaluate new enterprises for their farms or family businesses.

http://www.uky.edu/Ag/AgEcon/pubs/ext_aec/ext2000-13.pdf