Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in the Baltic by Eric Burgeat, Stefan Tangermann

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A more restrictive definition involves the exclusion of smaller farms (based on gross sales or area) and part-time farmers, for whom farm income is not the main source of income or agricultural activity is not the main activity. 40 are higher than salaries and wages are found in countries which restrict the definition of a farm household to the operator, whose main occupation is farming, and the spouse. Finally, property income is the primary source of off-farm income in the United Kingdom only, but comes next in importance in close to a third of the cases reviewed.

For a full assessment of the economic situation of farm families, farm and household assets should also be considered in combination with income, but because of data and resource constraints, the present study focuses on the income 3 situation of farm households. ,V WKH DSSURSULDWH LQIRUPDWLRQ ZLGHO\ DYDLODEOH" Another problem concerns availability, quality and access to relevant data. Do the data collected in OECD countries allow progress towards income objectives to be systematically and accurately measured?

In fact, in most countries examined, the share of social transfers in total income is relatively smaller for farm households than for other households (OECD, 2001). This could be explained by the fact that farmers are mostly self-employed. Unemployment benefits are therefore less important. However, with the increase of income from non-agricultural activities in total farm household income, unemployment benefits may begin to contribute more to the alleviation of low income among farm households in the future.

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