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Maintaining Farmland: a New Focus for Agricultural Policy

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Agricultural policy reforms, including CAP reform in Europe, periodic changes in U.S. Farm Bills, and adjustments in Canadian agricultural policies, have a number of common threads. These can be grouped under the concept of multifunctionality, although in North America and some other countries the term is not popular (Garzon, 2005; Dobbs and Pretty, 2004). Even so, there is a general recognition by the majority of OECD countries that farm policy has to move beyond its historic focus on increasing commodity production and supporting farm incomes (Cochrane, Normile and Wojan, 2006). Largely, this involves recognizing the various non‐commodity outputs of agriculture and finding ways to adjust farming practices to alter the balance between commodity and noncommodity outputs (OECD, 2003).
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2008-05-01

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