Farming covers both arable farming and livestock husbandry. Farmland accounts for approximately 3 per cent of Norway's total land area. The amount of land that is farmed varies significantly from county to county.
The County Governor has responsibility to ensure the implementation of national agricultural policy by providing information, administering subsidies and organising specifically local measures. The County Governor's agricultural responsibilities are primarily associated with the management of subsidy and compensation schemes.
The County Governor is responsible for providing advice and information about the use of policy instruments to municipalities, advisory and experimental societies, and commercial enterprises in the farming and horticultural sectors. The County Governor's role is to initiate and encourage value creation and business development within the agricultural sector.