Diversifying a farm's production operations or marketing channels can boost income and raise farm survival rates. But are beginning and small-scale farmers inclined toward a strategy of diversification? We analyzed 578 attendee surveys from 10 years of an Extension workshop for new and small-scale farmers in Ohio. We investigated the farming profile of beginning and small-scale farmers, the degree to which they are interested in pursuing diversified farming, and whether these interests vary by gender. We found evidence that new and small-scale farmers are interested in alternatives to commodity grain farming, that these alternatives are associated with diversified farming systems, and that some specific diversification interests vary by gender.
Mariola, M., Moledina, A., & Nye, L. A. (2021). Are Beginning and Small-Scale Farmers Drawn to Diversification? Ten Years' Findings From Ohio. Journal of Extension, 58(5). Retrieved from https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss5/16