record of the Alnarp estate dates from 1325. In 1674, the estate became a
state demesne and the official residence of the governor-general of Scania (Skåne).
Alnarp "Castle" was built in 1862 to house a new school of agronomy.
Alnarp is a
University Campus, part of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU),
founded in 1977 by merging the Swedish Colleges of Agriculture, Forestry and
Veterinary Medicine. Alnarp staff and faculty members number 400, and there
are about 600 students.
Agricultural Biosystems and
Technology, Landscape Management, Landscape Planning and Horticultural
Technology, Crop Science.
The Alnarp Estate
compromises 500 ha of arable
and grazing land. Cereal crops and sugar beets are cultivated commercially
and there are around 170 cows in commercial milk production. Both crops and
livestock are used for research and in field trials.
Address: P.O. Box 52, SE-230 53 ALNARP Phone:+4640 415 000; Fax:+4640 415
Sweden is one of the largest countries in Europe. Roughly half of the land
area is covered by forest and more than a third consists of mountains,
marshlands and lakes. Land under cultivation comprises less than three
million hectares, which is just over seven per cent of the total land area.
Bearing in mind its northerly geographical location, the climate in Sweden
is favourable, although the scope for agricultural activities of various
kinds differs a great deal between the north and south of the country. In
Scania (Skåne), in southern Sweden, the growth period is almost 100 days
longer than in the north.
Slightly more than 80,000 people, or some two per cent of the total, are
economically active in farming and forestry. In addition, approximately
60,000 people are employed in the food industry. Most of the farms are
family businesses. Part-time farming, with income supplemented by other
employment, has become increasingly common.
Structural developments in agriculture over the last few decades have led to
fewer but larger farms with ever-bigger investments. Most of the large farms
are located on the southern plains like in Scania.
With the exception of a few products,
Sweden is self-sufficient as regards agricultural products. Unlike farmers
in many other European countries, the farmers of Sweden are involved,
through their co-operative societies and associations, in the further
processing and marketing of agricultural products.
Box 2022, SE-641 02 KATRINEHOLM
Tel. +46 (0)150 50390, Fax (0)150 53599