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.
Different cultural backgrounds lead to different uptake of biodiversity agri-environmental schemes at the inner-Swiss French-German language border. Economic policy incentives could mitigate culture-driven behavioral differences.
The agricultural sector as an aggregate proved resilient to the COVID-19 shock. But how did it impact agribusiness firms within the sector? Using the Swiss case, we provide the first set of evidence on how agri-food importing firms survived the pandemic economically.
Agricultural economics research uses a multitude of methods and approaches to assess existing and new policy measures. This is the basis for agricultural policy that demonstrably makes a difference, i.e. is evidence-based.