Agriculture costs money. Farmers must invest in machines, livestock and buildings if they want to be successful. Often, however, it is not entirely clear how much money should be put into which machines and buildings. Therein lies the danger, since the wrong decision can have decisive and fairly long-term economic consequences for the farm.
For this reason, our researchers are compiling decision-making bases which help farm managers to navigate their way through the jungle of options. By doing this, they reinforce competitiveness as well as the social and environmental compatibility of agriculture.
Every year, the Farm Accountancy Data Network publishes the agricultural income and income per family work unit as well as the farm-group and farm-enterprise results of around 4000 farms from two samples. Statistical methods are used to analyse the multi-year profitability and productivity trends as well as the risk exposure of these farms.
To improve the competitiveness of the Swiss agricultural sector, Agroscope studies how farms can boost their profitability. Which farm strategies promise success, and how can farms operate sustainably over the medium- and long term by implementing innovations? In view of the changing underlying conditions, these are the two key questions we endeavour to answer.