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Is organic farming a chance for family farms to survive?

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  • Ferto, Imre
  • Forgacs, Csaba

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The paper investigates the choice between conventional and organic production technologies for individual farmers in Hungarian agriculture. We employ sequential logit model on a cross-section data set of Hungarian farmers for the period 2007. Our estimations reveal that age of farmers has negative, whilst being full time farmers and having more diversified production structure have positive impact on the intention for being organic farmers. Furthermore, it appears that education, being full time farmers and more diversified production structure positively influence the final decision between conventional and organic farming.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 111th Seminar, June 26-27, 2009, Canterbury, UK with number 52862.

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Keywords: innovation; attitudes; organic production; diffusion; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy;

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  1. Michael Burton & Dan Rigby & Trevor Young, 2003. "Modelling the adoption of organic horticultural technology in the UK using Duration Analysis," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 47(1), pages 29-54, 03.
  2. Leonardo Costa & Miguel Sottomayor & Ricardo Ribeiro, 2008. "CONVERSION to ORGANIC FARMING in MAINLAND PORTUGAL," Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) 102008, Faculdade de Economia e Gestão, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto).
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  4. Khanna, Madhu, 1999. "Sequential Adoption Of Site-Specific Technologies And Its Implications For Nitrogen Productivity: A Double Selectivity Model," 1999 Annual meeting, August 8-11, Nashville, TN 21599, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  5. Rigby, Dan & Young, Trevor & Burton, Michael, 2001. "The development of and prospects for organic farming in the UK," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 26(6), pages 599-613, December.
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