A relatively small amount of arable land, high population density, and high land and labor costs in several E.U. countries make it difficult for many families to stay on farmland that has been handed down for generations. Direct government help is limited because the European Union is under pressure to reduce agricultural subsidies. As part of the policy package developed to address these issues, the European Union has created incentives for producers to add value to agricultural production by participating in agritourism.
Clemens, Roxanne L. B.
"Keeping Farmers on the Land: Agritourism in the European Union,"
Iowa Ag Review: Vol. 10
, Article 4.
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