Organic farming: how it stacks up

Organic farming: how it stacks upAn analysis of how organic and non-organic farms have fared over the past eight years. What are the economic trends and what factors have most affected the farmer’s bottom line?

The headline news is good for organic farmers. The report shows that over an eight year period the average organic enterprises outperformed non-organic enterprises by annual farm business income (£/ha), in some sectors to the tune of almost £80 per hectare per year.

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  • The overall picture
  • The organic advantage
  • The organic challenge
  • Arable
  • Mixed farms
  • Dairy farms
  • Lowland beef and sheep farms

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CAP reform

In March 2014, we arranged two events with Abacus Organic which examined how CAP reform may affect the future for organic farmers and how well organic farms have been performing financially over recent years. The presentations below provide detail on how CAP reform and the proposed exemptions for organic land from the greening measures under pillar 1 may favour organic farmers financially. The less obvious benefits of releasing capital and assets by converting to organic farming are also examined in depth. A financial appraisal of different organic farming systems and how they compare to their non-organic equivalents completes the picture.


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Organic Market 

Organic Market Report cover - 2015You might also be interested in our latest Organic Market Report. It reveals that sales of organic products increased by 4% in 2014 to £1.86 billion – remarkable growth in a year when food prices fell by 1.9%, and consumer food spending by 1.1%.