Promotion of Crop Diversification and Research of Speciality Crop Markets for Western North Dakota
Low prices and disease problems in a durum wheat/summer fallow rotation has left North Dakota producers searching for alternative crops and crop rotations.
Objectives: 1) To research and identify viable speciality crops, and 2) To establish contact with companies that process speciality crops and can ultimately provide producers with a source of seed and a marketing outlet.
Methods: The coordinator planned to hire a marketing specialist to research suitable speciality crops, establish market links, and develop a marketing plan. The plan will focus on speciality crops and sustainable farming practices to enhance profits and natural resources.
Results: The project was extended for one year to complete research and evaluate farmer interest.
North Central Region SARE 1998 Annual Report.