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Long term trends in the financial performance of organic farms in England and Wales, 2006/07-2011/12

Lampkin, Nic; Gerrard, Catherine L and Moakes, Simon (2014) Long term trends in the financial performance of organic farms in England and Wales, 2006/07-2011/12. Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

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This overview report brings together the data for the six years from 2006/07-2011/12 to see how the performance of organic farms has really been affected by the economic downturn. It shows that for most farm types, the profitability of organic farms has held up much better than might have been expected from the retail market trend data. The overviews also show that for most farm types, the performance of organic farms remains comparable with that of similar conventional farms. However, certain farm types such as horticulture have fared much worse than others.
The report is based on the analysis of farms included in the Farm Business Survey in England and Wales that have more than 70% certified land. The results are presented by farm type groups according to the dominant enterprise in each case, calculated on the basis of standard gross margins. They are also compared with similar conventional farms selected on the basis of resource endowment (land area, location etc.), i.e. factors that are not influenced directly by the choice of organic or conventional management.


EPrint Type:Report
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
UK > Soil Association
Related Links:http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/?go=Research%20and%20development&page=Socio-economics%20and%20policy&i=projects.php&p_id=7, http://www.soilassociation.org/farmeconomics
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:26339
Deposited On:06 Jun 2014 17:41
Last Modified:09 Jun 2014 09:57
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:This report was commissioned and part-funded by the Soil Association. The data for this report is obtained from the Farm Business Surveys in England and Wales, funded by Defra and the Welsh Government, with the analysis and production of annual reports by Aberystwyth University and ORC funded by Defra.

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