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Tips to Diversify Your Farm Operation

April 1, 2014

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The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Top Producer. It corresponds with the article "About-Face." You can find the article in Top Producer’s Spring 2014 issue.\

Read these articles to learn more about how farmers are diversifying to remain in production agriculture.


Hope in a Glass Bottle

September 30, 2013

By: Catherine Merlo, Dairy Today Western and Online Editor

Root-beer flavored milk? A California dairy tries its hand at bottling and selling its own milk. Read more.

Branching Out Into Walnuts

January 24, 2014

By: Catherine Merlo, Dairy Today Western and Online Editor

About 15 miles north of Melvin Simoes’ farm, Tipton dairy producer John Mendonca is two years into an expansion into walnut production. His dairy milks 600 cows and is home to 500 head of support stock. Read more.


Time to Diversify?

January 8, 2014

By: Ed Clark, Top Producer Business and Issues Editor

With a $4-something outlook for corn prices for the near future, now might be just the time to consider diversifying your operation and making alter¬native investments. Not having all your eggs in one basket can spread risk and balance out future income streams. Read more.

Diversify Our Risk

November 26, 2013

By: Jon Patterson, Auburn, N.Y. (Jon Patterson’s dairy milks 1,100 cows on a farm that’s been in the family since 1832.)

I don’t have the stomach for risk like some. Being the sixth generation, the thought of having the farm go down on my watch is always present in my mind. Read more.

Diversify Your Portfolio

November 14, 2012

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