Current Projects

Adoption of solar drying technologies for specialty crops

The overall goal of this project is to determine the economics and market for on-farm drying of specialty plants using solar dehydrators by small growers in the US and Tajikistan.

Funding

  • USDA-NIFA (USA project)
  • USAID, Horticulture Innovation Lab (Tajikistan project)

Organic Agriculture

We are interested to know what and how market channels affect farmer's decision to adopt organic certification. We are also investigating the main drivers of decertification. Specifically, we want to answer why organic certified farmers may drop the certification program? A second project looks at the market grade standards for organic grains.

Funding

  • USDA-OREI
  • NCR-SARE

Farmers' Market Price Data

Farmers and farmer’s markets have access to weekly prices and product availability to begin making decisions based on real-time information. We will use this database to create reports that will have an impact on small- and medium-size farmers as well as beginning farmers. Farmers using our reports will be able to select market channels for their products, understand competition in farmer’s markets, determine the market window for specific crops, and assess how prices change over time in various markets.We are collaborating with the Center for Crop Diversification (CCD) http://www.uky.edu/ccd/ to create a regional database of farmers' market and produce auction prices.

Funding

  • Purdue AgSEED
  • Indiana Vegetable Growers Association

Financial Calculators

We are compiling and creating enterprise budgets that farmers can use for planning their operations, evaluate the potential of technologies and crops, develop solid business plan, and apply for financing or grants. Our calculator also includes feasibility, break-even, and cost structure analyses.

Funding

  • Purdue AgSEED
  • NCR-SARE
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