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NOFA Cost of Production Project

Over the past two years, three NOFA chapters- Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts- have worked with 30 organic vegetable farmers to determine the cost of production of vegetable crops commonly grown in the Northeast. Each farmer selected one to three crops and received technical assistance in tracking and analyzing data for those crops. The results were then aggregated on a per acre basis to serve as metrics in farmers' crop and production planning and to assist farmers in strategically increasing the profitability of their farm businesses.

The eight factsheets are available below. Five crop factsheets present cost of production data for potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and lettuce. Supplemental factsheets present crop profitability comparisons, whole farm financial metrics, and tips for success when undertaking cost of production analysis.

The cost of production workbook developed as part of this project is available for free upon request.  

Contact Dan Bensonoff to request a copy of the workbook or with any questions about this project.  

This work was made possible by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


Cost of Production Project:
CARROTS (pdf)


Cost of Production Project:
LETTUCE (pdf)

 Onions factsheet

Cost of Production Project:
ONIONS (pdf)

 

Cost of Production Project:
WINTER SQUASH (pdf)

 

Cost of Production Project:
POTATOES (pdf)

 

Cost of Production Project:
TIPS FOR TRACKING
COSTS OF PRODUCTION (pdf)

 whole farm financial ratios

Cost of Production Project:
WHOLE FARM FINANCIAL RATIOS (pdf)

 

Cost of Production Project:
CROP PROFITABILITY COMPARISONS (pdf)


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