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Agricultural Economics

Farming without farms

Digital Farming Is Strengthening the Role of Contractors

The family farm is the backbone of the Swiss agricultural sector. A recent study by Agroscope investigates the extent to which digitalisation has shifted the balance in the institutional structure of farming.

Swiss Agricultural Research


Multifunktionalität Bewirtschaftung Grasland

The Impact of Different Management Practices on the Ecosystem Services of Swiss Grassland

Whether grasslands are mown or grazed, fertilised or unfertilised – all this affects the ecosystem services of Swiss grasslands. These services benefit both the agricultural sector and society, e.g. in the form of livestock feed or erosion protection.

Swiss Agricultural Research

Plant Protection

Spotspraying Pflanzenschutzroboter

Sustainable Plant Protection in Vegetable Production with New Spot Spraying Plant Protection Robot

In vegetable row crops, spot spraying can save on insecticides and fungicides. Agroscope investigated the extent of this savings potential and compared the cost of spot spraying to broadcast treatments with a field sprayer.

Swiss Agricultural Research

Food Imports


How Vulnerable is Switzerland in terms of Food Imports?

Owing to its low degree of self-sufficiency, Switzerland is highly dependent on food imports. Because of this, it is important to assess its vulnerability in terms of supply security of these key imported goods.

Swiss Agricultural Research



Plant protection, variety breeding and testing, optimisation of cultivation techniques - for agroecological production systems

Qualitative and sensorial analyses of foodstuffs for a high-quality, healthy diet and safe food.

Research on bees, horses, pigs and ruminants as well as official inspection of their feed - for economic and animal-friendly husbandry.

Research for an agricultural sector that preserves biodiversity as well as soil, air and water quality against the backdrop of climate change.

Socioeconomic analyses of agricultural labour, income monitoring, digitisation and smart farming – for an economic and socially sustainable agriculture.

Virtual or physical stations where researchers and practitioners together work together in co-creation to develop solutions for a sustainable agricultural sector.


Magazine «agroscope» March 2024

Magazine «agroscope» March 2024

Agroscope supports commercial farms and foodprocessing operations with scientific studies, e.g. in sustainable viticulture, for the prevention of food waste and reduction of nutrient losses in arable farming.




Decision support system to control late blight in integrated as well as organic potato production.



Agrometeo is a platform that summarises information and decision-support tools for the optimised application of plant protection measures in agriculture.



SALCA Method Updated for more Accurate, Flexible and Comparable Environmental Assessments

The SALCA life cycle assessment method was comprehensively updated in light of new needs, systematically documented and reviewed by external specialists. This will allow a wide range of research issues in the agriculture and food sector to be addressed.

Agrarforschung Online

Swiss Agricultural Research

Swiss Agricultural Research publishes Swiss agriculture and food sector research findings online. This open-access journal is published by Agroscope. Additional partners are the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, the School of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences HAFL and the AGRIDEA advisory centres.