For aspiring and beginning farmers, the process of choosing what to produce and planning how to begin is one of the most essential aspects of developing a successful farming operation. The question may seem simple, but for many it can be challenging, and the careful planning that needs to be taken to maximize your chance of success is often overlooked and undervalued.
An excellent set of publications on Enterprise Selection put together by Karen Klonsky, Extension Specialist Department of Agricultural Economics UC Davis, and Patricia Allen, Agroecology Program, UC Santa Cruz as part of the Family Farm Management Series is available HERE.
Larry Lev, from the University of Wyoming has a publication on this issue available HERE.
Penn State University offers a publication called Starting or Diversifying an Agricultural Business.
The University of Kentucky offers a Primer for Selecting New Enterprises for Your Farm.
There is a publication available from the National Sustainable Agriculture information Service (ATTRA) called Evaluating a Rural Enterprise.
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University publishes a Small-Farm Decision Making and Enterprise Planning Workbook.
And the University of Missouri Alternatives center provides a good list of publications on this topic HERE.