Integrated nitrogen management on Yorkshire Farms (INMY Farm)

Developing evidence-based good practice for Integrated Nitrogen Management on Yorkshire Farms

Project summary: This project will draw together and synthesise good practice to inform more integrated and efficient nitrogen use in mixed arable and livestock farming, with a focus on Yorkshire. While there is growing awareness of the problems with pollutants, and many farmers are tackling this, in many cases it is on an individual and ad-hoc basis. In the current landscape with planned policy changes and consultation on those changes, now is an ideal time to ensure evidence supports the development of more coherent and joined up approaches, such as the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).

Photo credit Kevin Hicks

The project has been developed using recommendations from stakeholders working in farming, agricultural policy and scientific research who attended an iCASP-sponsored workshop to explore approaches to integrated nitrogen management (INM).

Key outputs of the project will be user-friendly guidance and briefing papers to support INM both at the individual farm level and to support developing national policy.  Key stakeholders will be involved in developing the guidance, providing an end-user perspective to ensure its suitability for the target audience. The project will take a holistic approach and aims to assess key issues including the influence of nitrogen management on soil structure and function, understand the implications of different farmer practices, assess the potential benefits and trade-offs of farmer actions and understand the implications of the new Agriculture Bill for farmer practice and environmental outcomes.

Project Team: Dr Kevin Hicks, Dr Sarah West, Dr Sarah Moller – University of York; Prof Pippa Chapman – University of Leeds; Professor Jonathan Leake – University of Sheffield; Yorkshire Dales Farmer Network; Champions of the Farmed Environment; Yorkshire Agricultural Society; ADAS; Catchment Sensitive Farming Air Quality Lead – Humber & the North East. (project lead in bold)

Project number: 22

Duration: May 2020 – April 2021