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Farmers wanted for research into family farming

Farmers are being asked to feed in to a study on the contribution family farms make to the UK’s rural economy.

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The study will be funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) and undertaken by Exeter University
The study will be funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) and undertaken by Exeter University

Researchers from the University of Exeter would like to hear from those who run small family businesses on issues such as farm support and the CAP, the operation of supply chains, taxation rules, tenure legislation, access to finance and practices around succession and new entrants.

 

The research, which has been commissioned by the Prince’s Countryside Fund, also aims to find out how family farms contribute to rural communities and the countryside in general.

 

Prof Michael Winter, director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute which is carrying out the study, said: “Small family farms can be amongst the best performing farm businesses but many face a range of challenges.

 

“Our call for evidence is designed to elicit information on the distinctive contribution small family farms make to the countryside of the UK and to identify ways in which small farmers might improve farm performance and viability.”

 

Read more: Researchers to assess impact of decline in family farms

 

Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund added: “The future viability of small family farms is a key factor in the sustainability of our rural communities. Through our grant programme and The Prince’s Dairy Initiative we are aware of the difficulties that many businesses are experiencing and the intention of this research is to offer practical recommendations to ensure their longer-term profitability and future.”

 

To find out more about the research and how to apply click here

 

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