The aim of the organic farmer network is to lower down the cost of production by joint procurement larger amounts together, and also to ease B to B purchasing.
Farmer network is a result of farmer associations and advising. The key to successful cooperation is good and reliable relationship between farmers, which can be developed and deepened in association meetings, farmer advising and informing events. Also help from active farmer advisors is needed. They will introduce farmers to each other and make sure that the farms have joint cropping plan
before starting the cooperation. The availability of protein feeds is not the only positive side of the farmer network. The network also has a social aspect and it will enhance farmer’s professional skills. Farms coopering together can
learn from each other’s. Shared success is an important factor increasing positive spirit and good sides of the profession.

Resources needed

Farmer network is a result of farmer associations and advising. The financing comes from EAFRD.

Evidence of success

The organic farmer network lowers down the cost of production by joint procurement larger amounts together, and also makes it easier for B to B purchasing. Farms are usually individual operators but this network matches suitable farms in close cooperation. The organic farmer network has also shown evidence by ensuring animal husbandry farm’s protein feed self-sufficiency by pairing it up with crop producers and by starting close cooperation, which has benefits both of the farms.

Potential for learning or transfer

The availability of protein feeds is not the only positive side of the farmer network. The network also has a social aspect and it will enhance farmer’s professional skills. Farms coopering together can learn from each other’s, and to benefit from overproduction by selling these shares to other SME's. Shared success is an important factor
increasing positive spirit and good sides of the profession. The lower costs of purchasing together, lowers down the productions costs. This fosters the SME's competitiveness and increases the level of income. This model of cooperation is easy to transfer to other European Countries.
Main institution
ProAgria Rural Advisory Services
Location
Etelä-Suomi, Finland (Suomi)
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
Ongoing

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