This article forms part of Eurostat’s annual flagship publication, the Eurostat regional yearbook. It presents regional agricultural statistics within the European Union (EU) and provides a selection of Eurostat’s data within this domain, including information covering the structure of agriculture (in relation to agricultural holdings and agricultural land use), crop production (cereals and oilseeds) and animal production (livestock specialisation and cows’ milk production). Note also that the final article in this online publication provides a special focus on the related topic of rural areas.
Main statistical findings:
- More than three quarters of the labour input on EU farms in 2013 was family labour.
- The largest farms were most common in regions of the Netherlands and Germany; the smallest farms were most common in regions of Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Hungary and Romania.
- Regions across Denmark and northern France reported a high intensity of cereals production within agricultural land use, while the same was true for oilseed crop production in parts of northern Italy.
- Permanent crops were most commonly found in regions spread across the southern EU Member States.
- Regions with large livestock populations were most likely to be relatively specialised in swine or sheep.