Policy in Portugal was largely influenced by the dimension of rural properties - small state in the half north, with thousands of owners led to conservative people; large state in Alentejo led to... communism.
Agriculture is no longer the main activity in the area, but it still has a great influence. The annual agricultural fair, Ovibeja, is a great event, with lots of cultural and sportive activities.
I was taken there by a friend who wished to buy ducks.
After a very amusing day we went back with two roosters fighting for the two poor hens, and...no ducks.