On 29 May 2002 the Federal Council approved the motion for further developing agrarian policy (Agrarian Policy 2007). This motion includes changes to six fe-deral laws and one federal decision concerning funding for agriculture for the period 2004-2007. The key elements are the abolishment of milk quotas, the sale of meat import quotas to the highest bidder and the new 4-year budget, which are all due to come into force on 1 January 2004.
A hoeing and spot-spraying device enables huge savings in the use of plant protection products. Although costs are higher than for conventional plant protection devices, motivated farm managers give this innovative technology genuine prospects for the future.
Thanks to their unique landscapes, the 15 regional nature parks, the majority of which are located in the (pre-)Alps and in the Jura Arc, feature as tourist attractions. But do the parks also provide economic value-added for local agriculture?
To balance their nutrient cycles, Swiss farms export surplus farmyard manure to farms with free uptake capacities or to composting and anaerobic digestion facilities. Between 2015 and 2020 the volumes of organic manure and recycled fertilisers transported rose significantly, with a consequent increase in transport costs.