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1058: Impacts of removing farm support

This paper is summarised from ‘Farm viability in the European Union; Assessment of the impact of changes in farm payments’ a report from LEI Wageningen

Year of Publication2010

Withdrawing subsidies would have the biggest impact in countries and farms which have the highest levels of support. The viability of farms in countries like the Netherlands, Italy and Belgium would be little affected whilst those in Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and the UK would be heavily affected. Dairy and intensive livestock farms would be least affected and extensive livestock and arable farms most affected. Overall about 11% of European farms would slip into negative incomes. However actual impacts would not be as bad as this as farmers would adjust their businesses to cope and rents and land values would fall.

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