Assisting Farmers with Enterprise Diversification

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2000: $54,550.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Federal Funds: $50,000.00
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $28,750.00
Region: North Central
State: Kansas
Project Coordinator:
Jerry Jost
Kansas Rural Center

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, millet, oats, peanuts, potatoes, rye, soybeans, spelt, sugarbeets, sugarcane, sunflower, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: apples, apricots, berries (other), cherries, melons, peaches, pears, plums
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, artichokes, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), lentils, onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, rutabagas, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: tobacco, herbs, native plants, ornamentals
  • Animals: bees, bovine, poultry, goats, rabbits, sheep, swine
  • Animal Products: dairy
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Animal Production: free-range, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: application rate management
  • Education and Training: technical assistance, decision support system, display, farmer to farmer, focus group, mentoring, networking, participatory research, study circle
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, cooperatives, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, feasibility study, agricultural finance, market study, risk management, value added, whole farm planning
  • Production Systems: transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: soil analysis
  • Sustainable Communities: infrastructure analysis, new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration, analysis of personal/family life, community services, employment opportunities, social capital, social networks, social psychological indicators, sustainability measures
    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.