This is a ‘must have’ publication for anyone interested in the business of organic farming – covering a broad range of market, certification, policy, financial and technical information about different organic systems and enterprises.
A new edition as we emerge from the recession and prepare for the next phase of CAP reform is timely.
The handbook reflects honestly the difficulties that the organic sector has faced in the market place, but also shows the evidence from the Farm Business Survey that organic farms have in general maintained income levels and continue to perform as well as similar non-organic farms.
Looking forward, increasing general food prices and a potential recovery in the UK organic market (which has continued to grow elsewhere in Europe and globally despite the recession) mean that prospects for organic farming maintaining its profitability are good.
Coupled with the serious attention now being given to the role of organic farming by the European Commission as part of the CAP Reform debate, now may be the time to start thinking again about the potential of converting to organic farming.
The Organic Farm Management Handbook is the ideal reference source on conversion to and continued organic farming for farmers, growers, consultants, bankers, land agents, buyers, students and many more.