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Farms getting bigger and fewer, figures show

The Local · 7 May 2011, 12:46

Published: 07 May 2011 12:46 GMT+02:00

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Last year there were 300,700 farms, 20,900 fewer than there were three years previously, according to the 2011 agriculture report, which has been seen by the Passuer Neue Presse daily paper.

Last year 1.1 million people were employed in agriculture, representing a 2 percent decline on the previous year – slightly under the 2.2 percent reduction in the number of farms.

Farms are getting bigger as their number is becoming smaller, with the average area of land under cultivation up from 52 hectares to 56 hectares since last year. More than half of all farmed land in Germany is being cultivated in large farms with more than 100 hectares.

In 2009 farms accounted for 6.5 percent of Germany’s economy, raising €140 billion. Agricultural exports were growing during 2010 after the crisis of 2009, the paper said.

Direct payments from the European Union accounted for around 52 percent of the average income of German farmers, the ministry report admitted.

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13:07 May 7, 2011 by catjones
Welcome to the American model.
13:19 May 7, 2011 by Englishted
13:07 May 7, 2011 by catjones

Welcome to the American model.

Which is one step down from the soviet model.
17:02 May 7, 2011 by catjones
@Englishted...try doing just a tiny bit of research before making idiotic statements. The number 1 ag exporter is America. Even Spain at #10 exports more than Russia.

BTW - just where is the soviet model?
17:21 May 7, 2011 by LiberalGuy

I think he was refering to the old communist 'super' farms that were prominent in the old USSR. Huge farms (mainly in the Ukraine) run by the state to feed the masses. Now they are a shadow of their former self
18:12 May 7, 2011 by Englishted
Thank you Liberal Guy ,

you are correct they were also know as collectives,

plus what has exporting to do with size I don't equate that.

Never mind @catjones but you could also try research before being rude !.
22:08 May 7, 2011 by MfromUSA
If there is one thing that Germany should NOT do it is to follow the path that the USA has taken, with regard to agriculture.

It will not serve the majority of people well.

Large farms tend to mean "corporate" entities. When you have that you suddenly find that quality takes a back seat to quantity.

You will not find the kind of "pride" taken in products produced that Germany has had.

Hang on to what you have, Germany. It is a damn site better than what we have here in the USA.
06:36 May 8, 2011 by JPaul
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18:41 May 8, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
The increasing corporatization of N. American farms is a huge mistake. The large corporations like Enron and the Banks are failing to meet the needs of anyone except a few Robber Barons where the more individualized efforts that founded American success (along with the Godliness that went with it) are being eliminated by political means (adding extra costs through legal requirements, etc.). Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson showed the way and even the end-of-Soviet experience where the 1% of production under small-holder control was producing 10% of the crops. We ignore reality at our very great peril.....
19:32 May 10, 2011 by DOZ
Simple Solution: Don't tax the Family farm.
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