Farmers’ decision to participate in agri-environmental measures for the conservation of extensive grasslands in the Haloze region


  • Ana NOVAK Univerza v Ljubljani Biotehniška fakulteta Oddelek za zootehniko, Slovenija
  • Tanja ŠUMRADA Univerza v Ljubljani Biotehniška fakulteta Oddelek za zootehniko, Slovenija
  • Majda ČERNIČ ISTENIČ Univerza v Ljubljani Biotehniška fakulteta Oddelek za agronomijo, Slovenija
  • Emil ERJAVEC Univerza v Ljubljani Biotehniška fakulteta Oddelek za zootehniko, Slovenija



agri-environmental schemes, farmers’ participation, decision-making process, social capital, self-identity, biodiversity, grassland conservation, Slovenia


Understanding the factors that influence farmers’ decisions to participate in agri-environmental measures (AEMs) is crucial to meeting the environmental goals of agricultural policy. We investigated the factors of farmers’ involvement in AEM aimed at maintaining extensive grassland use by analysing data from a survey of 258 farms and 40 interviews with farmers in the Haloze region. Results show that, in addition to adequate payment, farmers’ attitudes towards grassland conservation and their self-identity are also important factors in increasing their willingness to join AEMs. A production-oriented view of farming prevailed among the interviewed farmers, with grassland conservation being important to them primarily in terms of maintaining a tidy landscape and achieving production and economic goals, while biodiversity conservation was often of negligible importance. The results indicate the educational and extension need in terms of farmers’ understanding of the relationship between agriculture and nature conservation. The latter can be encouraged by strengthening advisory support and the use of locally and practically oriented knowledge transfer approaches, as well as by introducing result-based AEMs.

Author Biographies

  • Ana NOVAK, Univerza v Ljubljani Biotehniška fakulteta Oddelek za zootehniko, Slovenija

    Univerza v Ljubljani

    Biotehniška fakulteta

    Oddelek za zootehniko


  • Tanja ŠUMRADA, Univerza v Ljubljani Biotehniška fakulteta Oddelek za zootehniko, Slovenija

    Univerza v Ljubljani

    Biotehniška fakulteta

    Oddelek za zootehniko


  • Majda ČERNIČ ISTENIČ, Univerza v Ljubljani Biotehniška fakulteta Oddelek za agronomijo, Slovenija

    Univerza v Ljubljani

    Biotehniška fakulteta

    Oddelek za agronomijo

  • Emil ERJAVEC, Univerza v Ljubljani Biotehniška fakulteta Oddelek za zootehniko, Slovenija

    Univerza v Ljubljani

    Biotehniška fakulteta

    Oddelek za zootehniko


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NOVAK, A., ŠUMRADA, T., ČERNIČ ISTENIČ, M., & ERJAVEC, E. (2022). Farmers’ decision to participate in agri-environmental measures for the conservation of extensive grasslands in the Haloze region. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 118(1), 1–16.

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