Entrepreneurial identity and farmers' protein crop cultivation choices.

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Date: Apr. 2020
From: Journal of Rural Studies(Vol. 75)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 273 words

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Keywords Entrepreneurial identity; Entrepreneurial orientation; Personal orientation; Entrepreneurialism; Farmer; Protein crop Highlights * Insights into the relationships between the entrepreneurial identity and cultivation decisions. * Entrepreneurial identity increases the probability of protein crop cultivation. * Large farm size and high education strengthen entrepreneurial identity. * Entrepreneurial farmers create new markets and implement competitive strategies. * Institutional support and structures are still needed for boosting protein crop cultivation. Abstract Protein crops are important in enhancing sustainable and self-contained agriculture and food security in Europe. Individual farmers are key players in protein crop production. The aim of this research is to understand how an entrepreneurial identity affects strategic cultivation decisions in the context of protein-rich crop farming. In this study, entrepreneurial identity consists of a farmer's personal and entrepreneurial orientations. Data on 308 Finnish farmers were gathered and statistically tested. Our findings clarify that entrepreneurial identity increases the probability of beginning protein-rich crop cultivation, especially if the farmer in question is innovative, a risk-taker and highly educated. This article contributes to the understanding of agricultural entrepreneurship and strategic cultivation decisions made by different kinds of farmers. We further claim that profitable but risky and demanding crops have tempted farmers with a high entrepreneurial identity for the most part, which would not suffice for protein crops to become mainstream. Author Affiliation: (a) University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute, Kampusranta 9 C, FI-60320 Seinäjoki, Finland (b) Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Kampusranta 9 C, FI-60320 Seinäjoki, Finland * Corresponding author. Article History: Received 27 August 2019; Revised 20 December 2019; Accepted 27 January 2020 Byline: Hannele Suvanto [hannele.suvanto@helsinki.fi] (a,*), Jarkko K. Niemi [jarkko.niemi@luke.fi] (b), Merja Lähdesmäki [merja.lahdesmaki@helsinki.fi] (a)

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