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Federal Office for Agriculture (Switzerland)

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The FOAG is part of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). Agroscope is the Swiss centre of excellence for agricultural research, and is affiliated with the FOAG.

The FOAG promotes agriculture which makes a major contribution towards:

  • ensuring the provision of adequate food for the population;
  • maintaining natural resources and the rural landscape;
  • maintaining a decentralised settlement pattern throughout the country.

In conjunction with the cantonal authorities and farmers’ associations, the FOAG implements decisions taken by the electorate, the Swiss parliament and the government, and plays an active role in formulating agricultural policy.