An iCASP workshop aims to kick start an integrated catchment approach to reducing nitrogen pollution from farming. But as most excess nitrogen comes from agricultural activities, improvements will only happen if enough farmers get on board, so a quick Have Your say questionnaire is available for farmers to influence the workshop even if they can’t come along. (Please feel free to forward this item if you know a farmer willing to share their experience)
High volumes of nitrogen in the water or in the air are harmful to human health, but most efforts to reduce them focus on a single impact or activity such as slurry spreading. An iCASP project, if designed well with input from farmers, researchers, Defra teams and regulators, could bring about a new approach with benefits for farm businesses and the environment.
As 88% of ammonia emitted to the atmosphere in the UK and 59% of nitrates in English waters come from agricultural sources, any strategy to encourage integrated nitrogen management needs to take account of farming practices and what farmers need to run productive and profitable businesses.
The workshop at the beginning of March 2019 aims to facilitate more dialogue between farmers, researchers and policy-makers so that the barriers to, and opportunities for, more efficient nitrogen use, and financially viable farm practices to protect the environment, are better understood.
The workshop will give rise to a longer-term iCASP project that delegates can co-design and work on together.
If you would be interested in being invited, please contact: email@example.com
However, be aware that places are limited and organisers will be looking to get good representation from the different sectors who would ideally participate.