Diversification on the Family Farm

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1999: $5,245.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2000
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $45,050.23
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:


  • Agronomic: corn, soybeans, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Additional Plants: herbs
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: herbal medicines, homeopathy, manure management, mineral supplements, preventive practices, grazing - rotational, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: no-till
  • Education and Training: decision support system, demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, marketing management, market study, value added
  • Soil Management: organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, public participation, analysis of personal/family life, community services, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    As many small dairy farmers in New York are going out of business because of shortages in spendable income, we feel there is a need to diversify, by using existing raw products the farmer already has on the farm. On our farm we process maple syrup and plan to add dairy products to sell directly for retail sale. We plan to work with Cornell Food Science Lab and other to develop unique products. This project will be an example to area dairy farmers of how a family business can develop with the times to meet the needs of the local consumer and continue the valuable lifestyle of the farm family.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.