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A whole-farm profitability analysis of organic and conventional cropping systems

Timothy A. Delbridge, Carmen Fernholz, Robert King () and William Lazarus

Agricultural Systems, 2013, vol. 122, issue C, 1-10

Abstract: Previous studies have found that organic crop production in the midwestern United States can be more profitable than conventional crop production. However, these studies have failed to consider potential differences in farm size between the two systems. If an organic crop rotation cannot be managed on as large an area as a conventional rotation given the same resources, a per-hectare profitability advantage for the organic system would not necessarily translate into a whole-farm profitability advantage.

Keywords: Organic; Farm size; Overhead costs; Profitability; Stochastic dominance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2013.07.007

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