Platz der Gottinger Sieben

Göttingen, Germany

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Zinngrebe Y.,Platz der Gottinger Sieben | Zinngrebe Y.,Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research | Pe'er G.,Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research | Pe'er G.,German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research iDiv Halle Jena Leipzig | And 4 more authors.
Land Use Policy | Year: 2017

Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) have recently been introduced as key element in the greening of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. In 2015, farmers across the EU have implemented EFAs for the first time. Data for German federal states indicate a strong variance in EFA decisions with an overall dominance of catch crops, nitrogen fixing crops and fallow land – two of which bear limited benefits for biodiversity conservation. This article explores how experts explain EFA choices. We conducted 35 qualitative, semi-structured interviews with representatives from the Ministry for Agriculture, farm advisory services, and farmers’ associations in each federal state. Applying content analysis we clustered the factors mentioned as determinants for farmers’ EFA choices into the categories administrative considerations, economic considerations, local factors, ecosystem considerations and policy incentives. According to the interviewed experts, farmers have primarily registered measures that already existed on their farms. Administrative considerations dominate the identified determinants for farmers’ EFA decisions, and together with economic considerations appear to function as a negative incentive for EFA options that are beneficial for biodiversity, such as landscape elements and buffer strips. We conclude that conditions for EFA implementation were found to not effectively incentivise a higher share of biodiversity supporting characteristics in German agricultural landscapes. Based on a detailed discussion we extract recommendations on how to improve EFA implementation. © 2017 The Authors


Klapp C.,Platz der Gottinger Sieben | Theuvsen L.,Platz der Gottinger Sieben
Polish Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences | Year: 2013

Recently the supply situation of agricultural products has received increased attention due to a growing world population, the rising demand for animal products, an increased use of biomass for bioenergy production, highly volatile market for agricultural and food products and climate change, among other things. Therefore, a proper method to represent the total agricultural production is required. With this in mind, this paper provides an international comparative survey of procedures that aggregate agricultural production. In order to identify international best practices with regard to accounting agricultural production, monetary and physical aggregations to measure food supply are analysed. Based on the international comparison, we identify the Austrian feed database and the French model "Foresight feed" as advanced methodological approaches. © Copyright by Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences.


Bronsema H.,Platz der Gottinger Sieben | Nather M.,Platz der Gottinger Sieben | Schlosser K.,Platz der Gottinger Sieben | Theuvsen L.,Platz der Gottinger Sieben
Journal of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics | Year: 2013

Extensive structural changes have resulted in strong farm growth which has challenged the once dominant family-oriented business model in agriculture. The acquisition of suitable farm workers has, thus, gained importance for the future development of such farm enterprises. This is especially true for the labour-intensive dairy branch. On the basis of an empirical survey of 130 growth-oriented dairy operations in Germany, strategic and personnel management factors were determined which influence the successful acquisition of farm workers. © 2013, OGA-Osterreichische Gesellschaft fur Agrarokonomie. All rights reserved.

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