From 2010, standard output is used to classify farms within the framework of the Farm Accountancy Data Network of the European Union. As a monetary variable, standard output describes the average monetary value of agricultural production at producer prices. To make it still possible to compare the accountancy results of Swiss agriculture with those of the EU countries, the concept of standard output must be applied to Swiss farms. The calculation of the standard output coefficients form the basis for this conversion.
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.