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Understanding the complex process of generational renewal (GR) in agriculture is essential for supporting the continuation of farming. This paper demonstrates how multiple factors, simultaneously and through their mutual interactions, influence GR and related individual decision-making processes. Results originated from 155 indepth interviews performed on 85 farms in eleven European regions, and were triangulated with the literature. Our analysis, combining inductive and deductive approaches, revealed three conceptual phases (successor identity formation, farm succession process, and farm development) and fourteen factors important to understand GR. We elaborate how these factors interact, hence exert their impact on (one of) the phases in a complex and variable way. Implications highlight potential pitfalls and opportunities for attracting people into agriculture. Although policy-makers should be aware of their limited ability to affect GR by targeting the first phase, we propose some ideas that would complement current existing measures acting on the third phase.
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Sociology and Political Science, Development, Geography, Planning and Development, Agriculture, Farm succession, Generational renewal, Young farmers, Decision-making, Europe, FAMILY FARMS, AGRICULTURAL POLICY, DAIRY FARMERS, SUCCESSION, DECISION, LABOR, IMPACT, DIFFERENTIATION, EXPECTATIONS, OBJECTIVES

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Coopmans, Isabeau, et al. “Understanding Farm Generational Renewal and Its Influencing Factors in Europe.” JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES, vol. 86, 2021, pp. 398–409, doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.06.023.
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Coopmans, I., Dessein, J., Accatino, F., Antonioli, F., Bertolozzi-Caredio, D., Gavrilescu, C., … Wauters, E. (2021). Understanding farm generational renewal and its influencing factors in Europe. JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES, 86, 398–409. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.06.023
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Coopmans, Isabeau, Joost Dessein, Francesco Accatino, Federico Antonioli, Daniele Bertolozzi-Caredio, Camelia Gavrilescu, Piotr Gradziuk, et al. 2021. “Understanding Farm Generational Renewal and Its Influencing Factors in Europe.” JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES 86: 398–409. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.06.023.
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Coopmans, Isabeau, Joost Dessein, Francesco Accatino, Federico Antonioli, Daniele Bertolozzi-Caredio, Camelia Gavrilescu, Piotr Gradziuk, Gordana Manevska-Tasevska, Miranda Meuwissen, Mariya Peneva, Andrea Pettit, Julie Urquhart, and Erwin Wauters. 2021. “Understanding Farm Generational Renewal and Its Influencing Factors in Europe.” JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES 86: 398–409. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.06.023.
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Coopmans I, Dessein J, Accatino F, Antonioli F, Bertolozzi-Caredio D, Gavrilescu C, et al. Understanding farm generational renewal and its influencing factors in Europe. JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES. 2021;86:398–409.
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I. Coopmans et al., “Understanding farm generational renewal and its influencing factors in Europe,” JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES, vol. 86, pp. 398–409, 2021.
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  abstract     = {{Understanding the complex process of generational renewal (GR) in agriculture is essential for supporting the continuation of farming. This paper demonstrates how multiple factors, simultaneously and through their mutual interactions, influence GR and related individual decision-making processes. Results originated from 155 indepth interviews performed on 85 farms in eleven European regions, and were triangulated with the literature. Our analysis, combining inductive and deductive approaches, revealed three conceptual phases (successor identity formation, farm succession process, and farm development) and fourteen factors important to understand GR. We elaborate how these factors interact, hence exert their impact on (one of) the phases in a complex and variable way. Implications highlight potential pitfalls and opportunities for attracting people into agriculture. Although policy-makers should be aware of their limited ability to affect GR by targeting the first phase, we propose some ideas that would complement current existing measures acting on the third phase.}},
  author       = {{Coopmans, Isabeau and Dessein, Joost and Accatino, Francesco and Antonioli, Federico and Bertolozzi-Caredio, Daniele and Gavrilescu, Camelia and Gradziuk, Piotr and Manevska-Tasevska, Gordana and Meuwissen, Miranda and Peneva, Mariya and Pettit, Andrea and Urquhart, Julie and Wauters, Erwin}},
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  keywords     = {{Sociology and Political Science,Development,Geography,Planning and Development,Agriculture,Farm succession,Generational renewal,Young farmers,Decision-making,Europe,FAMILY FARMS,AGRICULTURAL POLICY,DAIRY FARMERS,SUCCESSION,DECISION,LABOR,IMPACT,DIFFERENTIATION,EXPECTATIONS,OBJECTIVES}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  pages        = {{398--409}},
  title        = {{Understanding farm generational renewal and its influencing factors in Europe}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.06.023}},
  volume       = {{86}},
  year         = {{2021}},
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