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The potential impact of set-aside & other farming financial aids on the conversion to organic farming systems in the UK. - OF0122

Description
This desk study will consider the financial schemes available for different farming systems in England and Wales, the opportunities for using them in a planned conversion process and the financial consequences of doing so. The results will be considered in terms of possoble promotional initiatives to make farmers more aware of the total financial aid that is possible during the conversion process.

OF0122. The potential impact of set aside and other financial aids on the conversion to organic farming systems in the United Kingdom

It has been suggested that incentives provided by UK government schemes for conversion to organic farming are inadequate for certain farm types, particularly those which are predominantly arable. A range of other financial aids available to farmers can be utilised to help finance income loss during a conversion period, including flexible set-aside and other possibilities. This desk study will consider the range of financial schemes available for different farming systems in England and Wales, the opportunities for using them in a planned conversion process and the financial consequences of doing so. The review obtained will provide a brief outline of current relevant schemes and will consider possible future changes in the light of stated EU and UK policy. Possible promotional initiatives to increase farmers’ awareness of financial aid schemes will also be considered. Economic appraisals of typical farm systems ranging from intensive arable units to extensive upland units will be conducted, and the economic performance of chosen systems during the conversion process will be evaluated both with and without the aids that might be available for each particular situation. Specific attention will be given to ways of using the aids that are not yet common practice and to means by which rules of existing schemes may be modified to make them more applicable to organic conversion. Results of the study will be presented in the form of a technical report, together with an executive summary.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1995

To: 1996

Cost: £15,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd., University Wales, Aberystwyth Biochem So
Keywords
Animal              
Crops              
Economy              
Farm Management              
Farming              
Organic Farming              
Fields of Study
Organic Farming