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Cover for Budgeting practicalities: costing out the proposals.

This chapter discusses the initial steps in costing out farm budget proposals and outlines the components of a full budget. Examples of budgets are presented to provide ideas on the form they might take.

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2016 CABI (H ISBN 9781780646565)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Skills required.

This chapter contains an outline of what generic skills a farmer should have for managerial success. This is achieved by reviewing survey information that sought farmers' views of the skills that are important, and then assessing their views and those of professional agricultural consultants.

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2016 CABI (H ISBN 9781780646565)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Introduction.

This chapter presents a general overview of the human factors in farm management, including the question of what personal qualities are necessary to become an expert farm manager and how managerial skill might be improved. The chapter also presents an overview of the book's chapters, and introduces ...

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240733)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Decision processes and goals.

This chapter is devoted to reviewing the possible decision criteria and processes used by farmers. These criteria range from the concept of maximizing a general measure of output, utility, through to the simple approach of producing a minimum requirement of an output such as leisure time based on...

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240733)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Skills required.

This chapter outlines the competencies necessary for successful farm management. Obvious areas are skills such as accurate observation, and an ability to forecast or anticipate outcomes following specified decisions. These and other competencies are reviewed using farmers' views. The chapter also...

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240733)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Intuition.

Farmers make many decisions using their intuition. This chapter focuses on this topic by outlining a quantifiable model for use in assessing the important factors influencing a farmer's intuitive skills. The results of using farmer survey information to quantify the model are discussed, with...

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240733)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Introduction.

This chapter highlights the nature of farm decision problems and outlines the steps to be performed in solving a problem. The discussion revolves around the first two steps: (1) formulating the problem, and (2) constructing the model to represent the problem. The other steps are covered throughout...

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2016 CABI (H ISBN 9781780646565)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for A synopsis of production economics.

This chapter provides a synopsis of the basics of production economics for students new to the area, and revision for others. Sections discuss: the decision problem; the factor-product problem; the factor-factor problem; and the product-product problem.

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2016 CABI (H ISBN 9781780646565)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for The environment farmers operate under.

This chapter contains a discussion on the components of the overall farming environment and, consequently, provides an understanding of the factors that must all be allowed for when planning. These factors include the risk and uncertainty that always exist, the resulting management problem, the...

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2016 CABI (H ISBN 9781780646565)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Budgeting theory: the core method of farm systems analysis.

This chapter discusses a number of different types of farm budgets. However, gross margins analysis and parametric budgeting are discussed more fully. The chapter finishes by outlining the technique called 'programme planning'.

Author(s)
Nuthall, P. L.
ISBN
2016 CABI (H ISBN 9781780646565)
Type
Book chapter