When farmers are faced with questions about making sustainable investments, there are several parameters that need to be taken into account. Among these are increased indebtedness, skill development, and larger analyses concerning the future direction of the society and politics. Welcome to a webinar with Per Hansson, operations manager at SLU Competence Centre.
The agricultural entrepreneur operates in a complex system where their own resources, both financial, personal and physical, must be balanced to optimize the system in relation to the business' goals.
For smaller investments that have a clear financial benefit, the decision is often simple and the implementation relatively risk-free. When the investment requires more of the entrepreneur’s capital, the decisions can be more difficult and require a more thorough analysis.
An example of such an investment could be a biogas plant, where the actual profitability of gas production depends on other systems such as the value of heat and electricity, the consequences of political decisions, the interaction with other waste streams, the value of digestate in other parts of the system and the interaction with the surrounding society.
Per Hansson explains what decisions an agricultural entrepreneur must make and what considerations need to be made for larger sustainable investments.
The webinar will be in English and is aimed at students, researchers, entrepreneurs and farmers.