Innovative equipment solutions to reduce costs and improve productivity for small-scale fruit and vegetable growersLeopold Center Completed Grant Reports
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 QuestionEquipment 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?
FindingsSharing 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
Year of Grant Completion2014
Citation InformationGeorgeanne 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/