Project ID

M2013-07

Abstract

An array of equipment is available to help fruit and vegetable growers with specialized production and processing tasks. This study examined ways for these small operators to share equipment and maximize their use of the shared implements.

Key Question

Equipment for fruit and vegetable production is specialized for specific tasks to save time and labor costs, but it is expensive for small-scale producers to purchase. How can these fruit and vegetable producers increase production and remain profitable without added payroll expenses and/or capital output for equipment?

Findings

Sharing specialized equipment among farmers with similar crops and production operations will reduce the initial cost of the equipment and cut labor costs.

Principal Investigator(s)

Georgeanne Artz

Co-Investigator(s)

Linda Naeve

Year of Grant Completion

2014