Farm abandonment consequences: Insights from German farm advisors impacting farms and rural areas

Kathrin Marie Kühl


Farm succession can be a challenge for continuity, often leading to abandonment in the absence of a successor. This study investigates the relationship between farm abandonment and succession based on 46 qualitative interviews with agricultural advisors from three German regions. The aim is to uncover the reasons for abandonment, changes in farm management and associated consequences, providing insights into the phenomenon of farm abandonment. The analysis findings contribute to the understanding of the implications for farms and rural areas. This provides valuable insights into identifying effective strategies for maintaining the sustainability of the farming sector and preserving the attractiveness of rural areas.


Farm succession; farm abandonment; structural change in agriculture; expert interviews

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ISSN 1869-6945


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