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1458: Upland Farm Incomes and Diversification

This paper is taken from a section in the ‘Statistical Digest of the English Uplands 2011’. The report is at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/statistics/rural/the-uplands/

Year of Publication2012

Average farm business income in the Less Favoured Areas was £31,100 per farm. It increased by 49% between 2006/07 and 2010/11, but remains at a relatively low level – without the Single Payment Scheme and agri-environment payments on average grazing livestock farms would have made a loss in each of the last 5 years. 37% of grazing livestock farms in Less Favoured Areas undertook a diversified activity and 26% indicated that all of their household income was provided by the farm. There was widespread feeling that there are fewer opportunities for wider income generation for upland farms than for farms elsewhere.

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