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Nature conservation – from a casual agricultural by-product to an intended service Yields and economic results of three farming systems at Burgrain

Since 1993 nature conservation is promoted within the Swiss agricultural policy. In 1997 4,2 % of the direct governmental subsidies to farmers were allocated to ecological compensation measures. Approximately 9 % of the national agricultural surface was managed on a contractual basis. The empirical analysis in the canton Zurich (1996) confirms that the participation of…
Agricultural economics

Zbinden P., Hofer A., Künzi N.

Economic result of a production system with primiparous sows

Gilts have finished their first cycle of reproduction before reaching the adult weight. Carcass value of primiparous sows should be closer to fattening pigs than to old sows. An experiment has proved that carcasses of primiparous sows which weaned less than nine piglets had a good meat quality.<br>Calculation of gross margin gave different results depending…
Agricultural economics

Schleiss K., Meier U., Dumondel M., Lehmann B.

Comparing the costs of treating biogenic waste under Swiss conditions

The cost of treating biogenic waste is subject of discussion. However, there is not much data available comparing the costs of the different treatment alternatives. In this report the costs of the following treatment alternatives are compared: Agricultural composting along the fieldpaths in two different sizes, the composting on one small and two mid-sized open…
Agricultural economics

Lips M., Rieder P.

Intensity of energy use in Swiss agriculture

The intensity of energy use in the agricultural production systems of six industrialized countries, among them Switzerland, was investigated. The study has shown that Switzerland, like The Netherlands, has a high energy intensity. Between the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s the energy intensity of the Swiss agricultural sector has decreased. The same process can…
Agricultural economics

Lehmann H.-J., Heinzer C., Waldner R.

Landscape concept Switzerland – sustainable use of rural spaces

Since time immemorial biodiversity has formed the basis of agricultural production and thus ensured food supplies for the population. As a rule, however, management plans for these resources are not sufficiently far-reaching to ensure the genetic diversity of food crops. In order to maintain these important resources major efforts have been made over the past…

Poll on an ecologically beneficial agriculture in the cantons of Basle (Switzerland)

The results of this socioeconomic investigation on agriculture, covering various branches of research on the situation and the future perspectives on methods in production respecting environment, are based on data collected in the region of Basle. The main points investigated in these written interviews were: the situation of information on methods used in agriculture respecting…

The Parliament passes the Agricultural policy 2002

Il 29 aprile 1998 il Parlamento ha varato nuova legge sull’agricoltura. Si conclude così un’importante fase della riforma agraria avviata nel 1992 con il Settimo rapporto sull’ agricoltura. Gli aspetti fondamentali della riforma agraria sono l’orientamento dell’ogricoltura verso il mercato e l’indennizzo, mediante pagamenti diretti, delle prestazioni ecologiche e d’interesse per la collettività