Beiträge

The influence of agricultural policy on the structure of mountain farms in Austria (2006)

Gerhard Hovorka: "The influence of agricultural policy on the structure of mountain farms in Austria" (schriftlicher Beitrag zum 96. EAAE-Seminar "Causes and Impacts of Agricultural Structures" am 10. Jänner 2006 bei der FAT Tänikon, Ettenhausen, Schweiz).
The paper addresses key questions regarding the impact of the former but also the recent agricultural policy on the agricultural structure (size of farms, an environmentally friendly type of farming) in Austria. This will be done by describing, analysing and evaluating the RDP, subsidy data, FADN data and surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings in Austria. The paper will discuss the extent to which the 2000 – 2006 Rural Development Programme, particularly the LFA payments (compensatory allowances scheme) and the agri-environmental payments, have contributed to achieving the aims of agricultural policy, in particular to maintaining the agricultural structure of family farming in mountain areas and an environmentally friendly type of farming. The limits on policy in its ability to influence the ongoing structural changes will also be discussed.

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