Facilitating Farmers’ Establishment of Farm Partnerships
Farm Partnerships, where two or more partners operate their enterprises jointly, are becoming increasingly popular in Ireland with almost 600 formally registered Milk Production Partnerships in existence. Partnerships are associated with wide-ranging economic and social benefits and are identified by Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) as critically important to the future development of agriculture. Drawing from research that examined Irish farmers’ experiences of Farm Partnerships, this document identifies some critical factors that warrant careful consideration in the partnership planning process. Benefits of Farm Partnerships are highlighted, as are particularly challenging and contentious factors. A flexible template for a participatory extension process, customised to facilitating the formation of Farm Partnerships in the Irish context, is set out.
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