Predictors for interest to change from conventional to organic horticultural production

Tiina E.A. Mattila, Juha M. Heikkinen, Anu M. Koivisto, Risto H. Rautiainen

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This study addressed factors influencing farmers’ decisions to switch from conventional to organic farming with special focus on outdoor horticulture production. A total of 343 horticulture producers responded to a survey conducted in 2014. The results indicate 12.1% of the farmers with conventional horticulture production were interested in converting to organic. Small farm size, horticulture being only a minor part of the enterprise, intermediate estimated yields, greater intent to grow new crops, hiring labor, having other income sources in addition to agriculture and participating in training courses emerged as significant predictors for the intention to switch to organic production in multivariable regression modeling. These results suggest potential to increase organic production could be found particularly among smaller part-time enterprises actively seeking new crops and knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-226
Number of pages10
JournalAgricultural and Food Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 30 2018


  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Organic farming
  • Production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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