Family farms and generation replacement: The example of the canton of Seurre in Cote d'Or (France)

Abstract : The French Agriculture Orientation Law and Establishment Plan recommends that farmers be replaced with farm managers rather than with salaried workers. Its implementation, in 1997, in the canton of Seurre (an administrative subdivision of the Cote d'Or departement (21,701 hectares)) showed that the local context did not foster the installation of people with no farming family background, a farm enlargement trend and the specialization in crop production, both leading to a high competition for land. It led to the installation of farmers' children and the creation of joint farming arrangements (GAEC) between parents and children. In 2004; the parents would be retiring soon. The aim of the study consisted in analysing how the young farmers will respond to such changes. When specialization in crop production and labour productivity can be increased, the family farm workforce will not be replaced. The farm managed by a family becomes a farm from family inheritance, managed by a single person, the farm manager. It involves a new development of the family farm system.
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Sylvie Granger, André Leseigneur, Claire Gaillard. Family farms and generation replacement: The example of the canton of Seurre in Cote d'Or (France). Cahiers Agricultures, EDP Sciences, 2006, 15 (6), pp.549-554. ⟨10.1684/agr.2006.0037⟩. ⟨hal-01913764⟩

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