Agriculture in Styria - a preparation for the school atlasAlmost one third of Styria is used for agriculture. Only 5.9 % of the labor forces (employed and unemployed persons) are employed in the agricultural and forestry sector. Since 1981, the percentage of employees declined by more than the half, from 12.4 % to 5.9 %. Also the operating structure has changed in the recent decades. Many commercial farms have been converted to part-time farms, in order that the continued existence of the farm is not at risk. Today there are twice as many part-time farms than commercial farms. There are also significantly more large farms than in the postwar years. But in international comparison the Austrian agriculture is characterized by a small operating structure. Farms with a size of 5 to 20 hectares have the highest percentage of agricultural holdings. The agriculture in Styria is very different. There is crop farming, grassland, pomiculture and viticulture, but also alpine farming, animal husbandry and forestry. Crop farming, pomiculture and viticulture are particular important in southern and eastern Styria. The production of crops, fruits and wine is focused to the alpine foreland of Styria, due to the favorable climate conditions. In comparison with Austria Styria is ranked, pertaining to pomiculture, first. 65 % of the fruit growing area in Austria is allotted to Styria. Styria belongs with Lower Austria and Burgenland to the best known wine-growing regions in Austria. Styria is subdivided into three wine-growing regions: Southern Styria, Southeastern Styria and Western Styria. Southern Styria has highest grape harvest in Styria. White wine is mainly produced there. There are large differences between the north-western mountain regions and the southern and eastern alpine foreland with regard to agriculture. The different climate conditions offer different conditions for agriculture in Styria. The generated maps should show these differences.