2013 Report on Rural Development released
European Commission published some days ago annual its report on Rural Development measures.
Figures from the report show, among other interesting details, that the number of farms declined by 12% between 2007 and 2010. The average farm size increased to 14.3 ha (against 12.7 ha in 2007) and close to 70% of all farms in the EU still have less than 5 ha of agricultural land, while full-time jobs in agriculture decreased by 16.5% over the same period. There has also been an increase in the area under organic farming (+6.9%/year between 2006 and 2011), or in the area under protective/protected forest.
Full report on Rural Development measures available here: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/statistics/rural-development/2013/index_en.htm