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Application of the Public Goods Tool on Conventional Farms - OF0398

Description
With funding from Defra/NE ORC developed a tool for monitoring the public goods delivered by organic farmers. The tool was designed to be used by advisors to provide an overview of a farm’s performance against a range of environmental, economic and social criteria and to increase their understanding of the issues involved. The tool can benchmark a farm’s performance against key sustainability criteria (e.g. fossil energy use and NPK surplus/deficit) identify areas for improvement and the trade-offs associated with changes in practice. The pilot study created a tool that was tested on 40 organic farms. Following the pilot Defra commented that to make the tool as useful as possible in the wider context, some of the questions should be modified to remove the focus on organic farms and to ensure that scoring is not weighted in favour of organic farming. ORC has undertaken to make the necessary modifications to the tool, but, but due to lack of funding, has not been able to test these changes on non-organic farms. The aim of the work proposed is to carry out such testing and gather feedback on the tool’s potential for monitoring conventional farms.
Output: A robust PG Tool validated for conventional farms.
Objective
The aim of the work proposed would be to carry out testing of PG tool on non-organic farms and gather feedback on the tool’s potential for monitoring conventional farms

Output: A robust PG Tool validated for conventional farms and a report summarising the results of the assessments and the feedback received (in a smimi;lar manner to the previous report on the pilot of PG tool on 30 organic farms.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : OF0398 PG tool conventional - Final report   (779k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2014

Cost: £24,956
Contractor / Funded Organisations
The Progressive Farming Trust Ltd t/a The Organic Research Centre
Keywords
Organic Farming