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The Role of Farm Advisors in Multifunctional Landscapes: A Comparative Study of Three Danish Areas, 1995 and 2008

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  • Jens Peter Vesterager
  • Klaus Lindegaard

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This study investigates the influence of farm advisors on farmers' decisions regarding 'Multifunctional landscape commons', a concept covering environmental and landscape values that benefit the public but which depend on farmers' management practices. The influence of advisors is analysed by combining data about the source of advice with evidence of land use and landscape changes and participation in subsidy schemes. The study compares three agricultural areas in Denmark. Structured interviews were carried out with all farmers possessing more than 2 ha land in 1995-6 and in 2008. Vertical, production and business-oriented advisory services predominate, together with legal and organisational spatial competence networks. A new group of hobby farmers and pensioned farmers tend not to be included in traditional advisory networks, leaving them to carry out landscape changes and multifunctional landscape commons without professional guidance and consultancy. This means the horizontal coordination among farmers, that is, the territorial competences, decrease.

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  • Jens Peter Vesterager & Klaus Lindegaard, 2012. "The Role of Farm Advisors in Multifunctional Landscapes: A Comparative Study of Three Danish Areas, 1995 and 2008," Landscape Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(6), pages 673-702, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:clarxx:v:37:y:2012:i:6:p:673-702 DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2012.706031
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