The new Swiss Agricultural Policy 2014–2017 (AP 14–17) is designed to better compensate farmers for their production of common goods such as ecosystem services. We investigated the attitudes of Swiss farmers towards this new political measure and towards the trend of the increasing ecological performance of agriculture. In addition, we studied the expectations of farmers concerning farm adjustments resulting from the new AP 14–17. A written survey was administered to farmers, and, for comparison, a similar questionnaire was sent to a sample of qualified agricultural experts. Amongst other conclusions, this study demonstrated that the ecological tolerance of the surveyed farmers is quite high, whereas their satisfaction with the new agricultural policy is fairly low. With respect to ecological issues, farmers opt for quality over quantity, and they do not plan to reduce animal numbers. This study serves as a basis for further political discussion of AP 14–17 and its implementation.
Pfister M., Feller S., Stöckli L.
The training programme for farmworkers imparts broad skills to academically weak learners. What chances do they have on the labour market today and in the future and how do they succeed in making the transition to further training?
El Benni N., Ryser U., Rösch M., Mattmann M., Abt F., Paupe L. and Gusset M.
The Swiss agricultural sector currently makes little use of the opportunities offered by digitalisation. A charter launched in 2018 aims to further develop the digitalisation of the Swiss agricultural and food sector and to exploit the potential in the interests of all stakeholders.
Breitenmoser S., Steinger Th., Hiltpold I., Grosjean Y., Nussbaum V., Bussereau F., Klötzli F., Widmer N. and Baux A.
Sowing oilseed rape with other plants reduces damage caused by adult flea beetle, according to a study conducted at Agroscope. This intercropping approach could limit reliance on insecticides and the emergence of resistant pests.