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dc.contributor.authorAcs, Szvetlanaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHanley, Nicholasen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDallimer, Martinen_UK
dc.contributor.authorGaston, Kevin Jen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRobertson, Philipen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Paulen_UK
dc.contributor.authorArmsworth, Paul Ren_UK
dc.description.abstractIn many parts of Europe, decades of production subsidies led to the steady intensification of agriculture in marginal areas. The recent decoupling of subsidies from production decisions means that the future of farming in these areas is uncertain. For example, in the uplands of the United Kingdom, an area important both for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision, hill farmers steadily increased stocking densities in response to headage payments but must nowreconfigure farm businesses to account for the shift to the Single Farm Payment scheme.We examined hill farming in the Peak District National Park as a case study into the future of marginal agriculture after decoupling. We surveyed 44 farm businesses and from this identified six representative farm types based on enterprise mix and land holdings. We developed linear programming models of production decisions for each farm type to examine the impacts of policy changes, comparing the effects of decoupling with and without agri-environment and hill farm support, and evaluating the effects of removal of the Single Farm Payment. The main effects of decoupling are to reduce stocking rates, and to change the mix of livestock activities. Agri-environmental schemes mediate the income losses from decoupling, and farmers are predicted to maximise take up of new Environmental Stewardship programmes, which have both positive and negative feedback effects on livestock numbers. Finally, removal of the Single Farm Payment leads to negative net farm incomes, and some land abandonment. These changes have important implications for ongoing debates about how ecological service flows can be maintained from upland areas, and how marginal upland farming communities can be sustained.en_UK
dc.relationAcs S, Hanley N, Dallimer M, Gaston KJ, Robertson P, Wilson P & Armsworth PR (2010) The effect of decoupling on marginal agricultural systems: Implications for farm incomes, land use and upland ecology. Land Use Policy, 27 (2), pp. 550-563.
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dc.subjectAgri-environment schemesen_UK
dc.subjectLand useen_UK
dc.subjectLinear programmingen_UK
dc.subjectNature Conservationen_UK
dc.subjectConservation Biology/Ecologyen_UK
dc.subjectEnvironment, generalen_UK
dc.titleThe effect of decoupling on marginal agricultural systems: Implications for farm incomes, land use and upland ecologyen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleLand Use Policyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Sheffielden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Sheffielden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Nottinghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Nottinghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Sheffielden_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorAcs, Szvetlana|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHanley, Nicholas|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDallimer, Martin|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGaston, Kevin J|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorRobertson, Philip|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWilson, Paul|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorArmsworth, Paul R|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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