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Notes on the Geography of Austria : Rattenberg: Photo 9

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Not far upstream, this is the Tyrolean vocational school for dairying. It sustains a landscape of farms far into the alpine heights. Agriculture, however, contributes only slightly more than one percent of Austria's gross domestic product, and that number is declining.  Forty percent of all Austrian farmers are deemed disadvantaged and are therefore eligible for special subsidies. Those subsidies allow dairying to continue, and it now generates more money in Austria than any other agricultural activity.  Still the business is threatened by imports from the new members of the European Union, whose land resources are more generous than those of mountainous Austria.  One possible edge for the Austrians: most of the milk they produce is organic.  Another: most of the dairy farms are part-time, with families having other sources of income. 

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