30 July 2019
Agricology Field Day: Talking diverse pastures

Diverse pastures: win-win for livestock health, wildlife and your pocket!

14 August 2019
Agricology Field Day: IPM and biological control

. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Biological Control - Norfolk



19 July 2019
Roger Kerr joins ORC Council

Changes to our Council of Management

28 June 2019
The Summer Bulletin No.128 is out!

Spring issue now available for free download



21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?

Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming

ORCís English Organic Producer Survey Report released

Category: News
14 June 2014

English organic producers are worried about costs but plan to keep going

Thanks to funding from the OrganicDataNetwork project, the ORC carried out a survey of English organic producers asking about future intentions, current levels of prices and sales routes. The survey covers beef, sheep, pig, poultry (broilers and layers), dairy, arable, and horticultural production. There are approximately 2724 English organic producers and 223 of these participated in the survey, a response rate of just over 8%. The majority of the organic farmers surveyed indicated that they plan to remain in organic farming in the medium to long term and 40% indicated that they plan to remain in organic farming for over 10 years suggesting that they are very committed to organic farming. They indicated that they farm in this way for their livestock and for the environment, but profitability may not be sufficient to cover rising costs and allow re‐investment in their business. However, many commented that they would still farm in a low‐input or environmentally friendly manner if they were not organic. Some producers also expressed a desire for more market information and greater market transparency and it is hoped that the survey and this report represent a first step towards this.

Gerrard, Catherine L; Padel, Susanne and Lampkin, Nic (2014) English Organic Producer Survey 2013. Report, no. 2/2014. Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Compare the results of the English organic producer survey with those of the surveys carried out in Wales by Aberystwyth University and Scotland by SRUC.

Keywords: producer survey economics

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