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The Arable Crops Sector

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This study takes an in-depth look at the arable crops sector in OECD countries and draws some conclusions about the impacts of agricultural support policies, trade liberalisation, agri-environmental payments, and agri-ennvironmental regulations. It contains economic and structural data, agri-environmental indicators for the arable crops sector, and analysis of the policy measures supporting arable crops farming and addressing environmental issues both at the aggregate country level and regional levels. This is the third in a series of in-depth studies being undertaken by the OECD to investigate the linkages between agriculture, trade and the environment. The first study on the pig sector was published in 2003, and the second study on the dairy sector was published in 2004.

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Policy Measures Addressing Environmental Issues in the Arable Crop Sector

Concerns about the effects of agriculture on the environment have intensified in OECD countries over the past two decades, particularly in the areas of water pollution, soil degradation, loss of biodiversity and landscape features. Reducing the harmful and enhancing the beneficial effects of agriculture on the environment has become a widely accepted policy objective. A wide range of agri-environmental measures has been adopted in order to address the environmental performance of agriculture, although many have been put in place to offset the environmental impacts of traditional agricultural support policies...

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