The agent-based agricultural sector model, SWISSland, simulates the processes of structural change and income trends in Swiss agriculture. The objective is to provide a portrayal of the behavioural patterns of farms that is as close to reality as possible. This article describes a method of best possible deduction from cost and work requirement coefficients, which are not explicitly available in the form of accounting data, for production activities in the heterogeneous branch of farming that is vegetable growing. The amount of direct costs and work requirement is estimated using farm-specific gross yield per hectare. Forecasts for the agricultural sector with SWISSland show a positive trend for the future, provided the agricultural policy’s considerations on reforming the direct payment system for the years 2014 to 2017 are implemented
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.
Policies to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions are more effective and more efficient if they are set at the regional level and not at the level of individual farms. This can help achieve climate targets.