Since the Swiss parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the revised Federal Act on Agriculture, the so-called Agriculture Policy for 2014–2017, and too few signatures in favour of a referendum against the policy were collected, the Federal Council has now drawn up provisions for implementation. The modified decrees will come into force on 1st January 2014. This article outlines the key points, the regulations concerning the new tools for direct payments, and demonstrates how the changes to the regulation relate to the modifications of the law. In addition, many provisions in the revised Act can be applied without the need for implementing regulations.
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.