Is there a future for the small family farm in the UK?

Is there a future for the small family farm in the UK?

We are concerned about the future viability of small family farms. We know from our day to day work the difficulties that businesses and families are facing. To be able to support farmers better we commissioned The University of Exeter to help us identify the key factors to help them survive.

‘Is there a future for the small family farm in the UK?’ explores the change that has been experienced by small family farms in recent years, the distinctive impact that small farms have including contributing to the rural economy, employment and environment management but also their social and cultural significance. It concludes by identifying the factors that will help improve the resilience of the small family farm and provides a list of recommendations for key stakeholders.

We are committed to doing more to help vulnerable farm businesses across the UK and the outcomes from this research will be fundamental in shaping this work. To find out more about this research and other ways in which we are supporting farm businesses and rural communities, please contact Maddy Fitzgerald on 020 7566 8797 or madeleine.fitzgerald@bitc.org.uk.

To download the full report click here or executive summary click here.

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