Title page for ETD etd-06282002-123412

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wilkerson, Joseph Edward
Author's Email Address jwilkers@vt.edu
URN etd-06282002-123412
Title A Case Study on the Economic Feasibility of Producing Maple liners in a Traditional Tobacco Greenhouse
Degree Master of Science
Department Agricultural and Applied Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Coale, Charles W. Jr. Committee Chair
Cundiff, John S. Committee Member
Eaton, Gregory K. Committee Member
Jones, Eluned C. Committee Member
  • economic feasibility
  • alternative enterprise
  • tobacco greenhouse
  • maple liners
Date of Defense 2002-04-26
Availability unrestricted
The goal of this case study was to investigate the economic feasibility of a new enterprise for Southside Virginia farmers to help alleviate problems stemming from a loss of income and excess production capacity of a tobacco greenhouse. Maple liner production in a tobacco greenhouse was determined to not be economically feasible by this study. The control scenario, as well as the sensitivity analysis revealed that maple liner production would yield a loss when produced in a tobacco greenhouse. The breakeven number of plants to be sold was 43% of the cuttings planted, and could exceed 50% under some conditions of the sensitivity analysis. While the maple liner production schedule was determined to be culturally suitable as a supplemental greenhouse activity, the tobacco greenhouse engineering design was deemed inadequate for maple liner production. Modifications were needed to the ventilation and irrigation systems. This economic study was based on a field trial conducted in Halifax County, Virginia.
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