Amish farms are one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. farm community. A 2003 study estimated horse and human labor requirements for Amish farms. A typical Amish crop rotation of 15 acres small grains, 20 acres alfalfa hay, and 15 acres corn was found to have a total labor requirement of only 920 hours/year. Using information from this study and earlier research, a series of crop enterprise budgets for Amish farms was developed. These budgets provide a tool that Extension educators can use with the rapidly growing number of Amish farms across the country.
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James, R. E. (2007). Horse and Human Labor Estimates for Amish Farms. The Journal of Extension, 45(1), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol45/iss1/14