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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dickinson, Keith Randolph
Author's Email Address keithd@vt.edu
URN etd-01102002-184902
Title Deciding to Diversify: A Case Study of Seven Virginia Farm Businesses
Degree Master of Science
Department Agricultural and Applied Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jones, Eluned C. Committee Chair
Gibson, Jerry D. Committee Member
Kohl, David M. Committee Member
White, Alex A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Enterprise Decisions
  • Value-added
  • Farming
  • Agriculture
  • Farm Diversification
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Agritourism
  • Farm Management
Date of Defense 2001-10-22
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Farm enterprise diversification is an important tool for agricultural producers with respect

to risk management. As agricultural producers in Virginia look to prepare their farm businesses

for the new millennium, they are increasingly considering non-traditional enterprises and

activities for their farms. As producers add new enterprises, they encounter challenges to develop

new skills and gather adequate information for their new activities. Virginia Cooperative

Extension has the task of providing producers with timely and useful research-based information.

As both producers and Virginia Cooperative Extension agents and specialists prepare for the

challenges of the changing face of agriculture in Virginia in the next generation, a mutual

understanding of the key factors and motivations for enterprise diversification is necessary. This

study investigates the key factors, motivations, and information needs of seven diversified farms

in Virginia. The implications for producers and Cooperative Extension are outlined, and

recommendations are made for Virginia Cooperative Extension, lenders, and agribusiness.

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