Profitable Farming eBook
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Profitable Farming eBook
A complete guide and reference book for the entrepreneurial farmer ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
By John Mason
Profitable Farming shows that for the farmer who is willing to think laterally and has planned ahead, there are many new opportunities for making money from the land –whether by changing the core business of a farm or simply diversifying for extra income and security.
The book features a comprehensive survey of new enterprise possibilities, but more importantly, it explains why change might be warranted and how to change with the minimum of risk.
Topics covered include:
- Specialized crops and livestock;
- Farm tourism;
- Reducing costs through self-sufficiency and energy conservation;
- Long-term planning and management of resources;
- Value adding to produce;
- Dealing with degraded land;
- Working with climate change;
John Mason is a qualified horticulturalist, the founder and principal of the Australian Correspondence Schools and is author of many successful gardening, farming and horticultural books published by Kangaroo Press. He is also author of Sustainable Agriculture published by Landlinks Press.
Chapter 1 : Introduction
Creative ideas for profitable farming; What has changed; How to adapt/secrets of success
Chapter 2 : Solutions to Beat the Economic Squeeze
Spending less; Self sufficiency; Making decisions; The basic essentials; Basic non-essentials; Preserving & processing your food; Vegetables you can freeze; Harvesting & preserving; Drying; Energy use & conservation; Energy conservation techniques; Renewable energy sources compared; Some more on wind power; Using firewood
Chapter 3 : Making the Farm Pay
Conservation and management of resources for long term sustainability; Native vegetation and farms; Important reasons for using trees; Landcare programs; Sharing equipment; Rehabilitation; Hostile environments; Water management
Chapter 4 : Alternative Enterprises
New enterprises; Overcoming limitations; Some ideas for new enterprises; Some selected enterprises to consider in greater detail; Viticulture; What to plant; Setting up; Sesame seed; Mung beans; Plant fibre crops; Nuts; Cut flowers and foliage; Organic farming; Agroforestry; Hydroponics; Herbs; Essential oils; Methods of extracting essential oils; Farming medicinal herbs; Cultivation of herbs; Broad acre cultivation; Traditional plant row spacings; Expected yields of selected herbs; Postharvest handling of herbs; Deer; Ostriches; Emus; Alpacas and llamas; Goats; Aquaculture; Horse industry applications; Value adding; Farm tourism; Services you could or should offer
Chapter 5 : Towards Better Planning
A way of thinking; Economic principles; Scale of economies; Change or die; A planning procedure; Decisions; Plan drawing of the farm; Risk; Quality systems; Contingency planning; Liquidity; Financial records; Controlling growth
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