Socio-economics of farm businesses

Farm businesses are subject to a number of influencing factors. In addition to influences of the market economy, local conditions, environmental influences, animal health and family backgrounds and constellations create the framework for agricultural activities.

As part of our research, evaluation and consulting activities, we analyse and evaluate the social and economic aspects of farm businesses. We examine the embedding of farms in regional structures and their scope for action under given political and market conditions. For many years we have been specifically concerned with the promotion of individual investments in agriculture and with processing and marketing within the framework of the evaluation of rural development programmes. In addition to profitability calculations for individual branches of production and grassland management, we also carry out analyses of the financial and labour economic situation of farm businesses and farm succession as well as income diversification and regional sales markets.

Contact person at IfLS: Jörg Schramek (schramek[at], +49 (0) 69/9726683-14)

Projects in the field


LP-Diverse - Perspectives for agricultural diversification in the field of nature conservation, landscape management and municipal services

pixelio - Volz

Traditional cultural landscapes usually have a high diversity of species and habitats. From an agricultural point of view, these are often in disadvantageous locations. On the one hand, this results in the social challenges of nature conservation and...

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BioFinanz – Alternative forms of financing along the value-added chain of organic food

The background to the IfLS-coordinated project is the interest of enterprises of the organic farming and food sector in alternative forms of financing investments, e.g. in the context of setting-up, expansion or diversification. At the same time,...

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Study on risk management in EU agriculture

The IfLS contributes to the project as a sub-contractor by collecting data on risk management in German agriculture. First, this entails a survey among experts from authorities, agricultural organisations and the insurance sector with the objective...

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Demographic change as an opportunity for agricultural diversification

In this research project (2014 - 2015) funded by Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank, the IfLS aimed at answering the following question: How and under which circumstances can agricultural diversification make a contribution to farm income and at the same...

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Information und knowledge dissemination

Learning on Entrepreneurship and Agriculture for New farmers (LEAN)

While the European agriculture is facing an ageing population with transmission issues, a new generation of farmers is rising: young people with no agricultural certification and who are not from farming background. Those new farmers are seeking to...

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SEMA II - Sustainable Entrepreneurship based on multifunctional Agriculture II

The SEMA II project, funded by the EU program ERASMUS+, follows up on the activities of the SEMA I project. Complementary to the learning units, case studies and mentoring platform, the follow-up project develops learning resources in the form of...

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SEMA – Sustainable Entrepreneurship based on Multifunctional Agriculture

The SEMA project aims at providing high quality learning opportunities on multifunctional agriculture oriented entrepreneurial skills and capacities for European farmers, and increasing competencies of trainers and facilitators of organizations...

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Development of a training programme for young farmers on multifunctional agriculture (Agri-Multifunctionality II)

According to the OECD definition, based on population density, rural regions account for 92 % of EU territory (2004/931/SEC). 19 % of the population lives in predominantly rural regions and 37 % in significantly rural regions. These regions generate...

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Nature conservation project "New pastoral paths in the Palatinate Forest" - Socio-economic analysis as part of maintenance and development planning

A maintenance and development plan (PEPL) for the conservation of the species-rich open-land biotopes and drift paths will be drawn up for the 8,500-hectare development area of the nature conservation project "New pastoral paths in the Palatinate...

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Agro-Socio-Economic Study for the LIFE-Project „Hessian Rhön – Mountain Grasslands, Wood Pastures and their Birds“

Species diverse Natura 2000 habitats of the bird sanctuary “Hessian Rhön”, i.e. mountain hay meadows and Nardus grasslands, represent habitats especially to meadow breeders such as whinchats, meadow pipits and common snipes. The LIFE-project “Hessian...

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