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Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries 2007

Monitoring and Evaluation

image of Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries 2007

This book is a unique source of up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture. Separate chapters describe and evaluate agricultural policies in each OECD country, including such important developments as the introduction of the single-payment scheme in the EU. This edition also includes a special chapter describing the revised method of estimating support to agriculture used for the first time in this report.

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Main Policy Developments in 2005 and 2006

This chapter highlights the major changes and new initiatives in agricultural policy in OECD countries in 2005 and 2006. These changes are described in detail in the country chapters of Part II. Agricultural policy developments in 2005-06 were dominated by the implementation of policy reforms decided in earlier years mainly in European Union, Japan and Korea. There was a general move towards allowing farmers more flexibility as to what they are required to produce to be eligible for support, or not to produce at all. Constraints on farming practices are becoming more frequent through more regulation and compliance conditions. Government involvement in promoting renewable energy sources from agriculture also grew.

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