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Innovative equipment solutions to reduce costs and improve productivity for small-scale fruit and vegetable growers
Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports
  • Georgeanne M. Artz, Iowa State University
  • Linda L. Naeve, Iowa State University
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
Citation Information
Georgeanne M. Artz and Linda L. Naeve. "Innovative equipment solutions to reduce costs and improve productivity for small-scale fruit and vegetable growers" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/georgeanne-artz/5/