Abstract : Renewed interest in the general public for rural landscape implies improving the knowledge of landscaping practices among farmers. The PAYSAGRI model offers an innovative
representation of the relationship between landscape dynamics and agricultural activities. It suggests that farmer sensitivity to landscape-related issues is a factor in the maintenance of the vegetation cover in farming areas.
As the basic landscape unit, the agricultural plot is defined by its Functional Appearance Status (FAS), which informs the farmer of plot potential in terms of landscape and fodder. Each farming system is associated with both production and landscaping goals, the latter depending on the farmer's individual sensitivity to the landscape. While considered optimal, ordinary production practices impact the FAS. Every year, maintenance allows correcting the appearance of those plots that do not reflect the farmer's landscaping expectations. Also, maintenance activities
initiate a multi-year change in the farming system, so that set goals are reached more efficiently.
The simulations performed test the landscaping impact of various farming populations in a virtual environment including twenty farms. Each population is comprised of two types of farmers, in given proportions, with opposing landscape sensitivities. Significant differences observed emphasize the importance of landscape sensitivity as a major factor regarding the evolution of rural landscapes.