Flexible support is needed to stimulate active farming all over Sweden
Different areas have different conditions and payment should be adapted to both support active farming and preserve a rich cultural landscape. This is one of the results from a new study from the Swedish Board of Agriculture on the subject of how agricultural subsidies affect the structural change in agriculture and competition for land. BECC researcher Mark Brady is one of the researchers behind the study.
One of the conclustions of the study is that the agricultural support should be redesigned to generate greater environmental effect. The redesign should be based on regional conditions, e.g., what type of land-use needs to be prioritized in the region to preserve a “rich agricultural landscape”. Furthermore the support levels need to be well-balanced in relation to their conditions to avoid capitalization in land and rental prices.