Sustainability 2010, 2(1), 189-203; doi:10.3390/su2010189
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Local Selling Decisions and the Technical Efficiency of Organic Farms

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Received: 16 November 2009; Accepted: 5 January 2010 / Published: 11 January 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Renewable Agriculture)
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Abstract: The primary purpose of this paper is to examine the factors that influence earned income of organic farmers explicitly incorporating farmer decisions to engage in local selling. The stochastic frontier model identifies role model producers who are the most technically efficient in achieving the maximum output that is feasible with a given set of inputs along with farm and demographic factors that enhance efficiency. Organic earnings equations that control for producer and farm characteristics reveal that organic farmers who are involved in local sales achieve lower earnings. Producer involvement in local sales has little impact on observed technical efficiency on organic farms.
Keywords: local foods; technical efficiency; stochastic frontier; Organic Farming Research Foundation
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Lohr, L.; Park, T. Local Selling Decisions and the Technical Efficiency of Organic Farms. Sustainability 2010, 2, 189-203.

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Lohr L, Park T. Local Selling Decisions and the Technical Efficiency of Organic Farms. Sustainability. 2010; 2(1):189-203.

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Lohr, Luanne; Park, Timothy. 2010. "Local Selling Decisions and the Technical Efficiency of Organic Farms." Sustainability 2, no. 1: 189-203.

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