This article focuses on legal incentives and legal obstacles to diversification in the US. It first outlines some farm characteristics that may influence diversification. It then turns to the possible impact of the agricultural tenancy relationship on diversification and the relevance of land-use restrictions and other laws for the producer who plans to undertake a new activity. The article then discusses a number of activities that are typical of farm diversification in the US, with an emphasis on federal government programs that support diversification. These activities include organic production, alternative crops and livestock, marketing strategies, agritourism, conservation, and production of renewable energy
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