Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Dickinson, Keith Randolph Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Farm Diversification
- Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Farm Management
Date of Defense 2001-10-22 Availability unrestricted AbstractFarm 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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