New On-Farm Activities

This definition covers a wide range of activities, which are neither related to the production of food or of crops. Many of these are oriented to providing leisure/ recreation activities. Examples of this would include fishing, hunting or horse riding. They would also include less traditional rural pursuits such as bicycle hire and supplying facilities for canoeing or other outdoor sports. Other new on-farm activities might include bio-gas production, windmills, agricultural contracting, or haulage enterprises. The skills and interests of the individual farmer (and to some extent locational features) play a large role in determining the opportunities that might be successfully developed. Farms are often well positioned to exploit these opportunities as the flexibility of labour use on a farm and access to other farm resources (buildings, land, social networks etc) can enable a farm to develop such activities as an additional business line in parallel with the main farm enterprise.

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