Farm buildings account for a considerable part of the farm’s structural costs. Low-cost farm buildings are therefore required to ensure cost-effective production. As a space allocation plan can be realised in various manners, comparing different building options can help to find the ï¿½best solution’ with regard to functionality, investment demands and annual costs. The FAT Modular Construction Standards for Farm Building Costs allow these costs to be compared quickly and on an objective basis. They are based on different modules. The building elements contain currently used building components and pen fittings for farm buildings. The new, simple to use software makes the FAT Modular Construction Standards for Farm Building Costs a valuable working tool for planners and advisers.
Agrivoltaics combines energy generation and agricultural production on the same land. Although this system is eliciting increasing interest, its success depends on numerous factors and the most compatible crops have yet to be identified.
How do farmers experience social sustainability on their farms? As an Agroscope study shows, this depends on farmers’ identities and farm types.
Cheese stands out as one of the main Swiss agricultural trade offensive interests. Outside the EU, the USA are an important export destination. The CAPRI model allows to assess the impact of a free trade agreement for cheese between the USA and CH.