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Farm-PEP aims to bring together all the sources of useful knowledge for Agriculture, whether from academic science, applied research projects, industry trials, farmers own trials or simple on-farm experience. Listed below are useful websites, organisations and websites that we know of.  Add any we've missed in the comments box or by adding as new content, or better still, as a new Group.  

YEN Zero is a recently established network in the ADAS YEN Family, with the overarching aim of creating a net-zero community. It aims to bring key players from across the agricultural industry together to meet the industry’s target of achieving net zero emissions by 2040.

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In 2015, the UK pledged to be Net Zero by 2050, with the NFU striving for the more ambitious target of 2040. Net Zero is when the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted is balanced with those removed from the atmosphere to combat climate change and reduce global warming. Whilst contributing to 10% of the total GHG emissions, the agricultural industry sits in the unique position of controlling a significant land base that can be used to implement natural solutions to climate change, such as capturing carbon via sequestration into soils and vegetation.

DEFRA funding in partnership with Innovate UK, which is looking to support farmers, growers, and foresters who have a bold, ambitious idea. 

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Funding available for research and knowledge exchange in the UK comes from a mix of public, industry and charitable sources

In 2021 Defra commissioned an ADAS led consortium to look at the environmental and productivity benefits of mob grazing systems in the UK. 

George Eustice has announced that there willl be £12.5M made available for research and developme

Independent Review for Defra led by Prof Simon Pearson: Executi

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Agricultural research is conducted by a range of organisations, from individual farmers, through advisors, distributors, manufacturers, charities, societies, supply chain companies, levy bodies, universities and research institutes.  This page aims to connect across these often disparate sources.

The ideas behind Farm-PEP came together in ~2018, drawing from the developments of Agronomics, the YENs, AHDB's Monitor Farm programme and the idea of a 'What Works' Centre for Agriculture. 

The Farming Innovation Programme is part of Defra’s investment in innovation, research and development. Defra is partnering with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on the programme. 

A new Defra forum which will bring together stakeholders to identify and improve collaborative working on shared issues facing the agricultural sector.

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Henry Dimbleby's National Food Strategy, reported in July 2021

George Eustice presented the response to Henry Dimbleby's National Food Strategy on 13 June 2022. Read the full text at the link below, or the Executive summary

What is ELMs? The three-tier Environmental Land Management (ELM

Projects funded in the first rounds of the Defra Farming Innovation Pathway have been announced b

Defra produces useful statistics annually on the structure of the industry, which you can find at

ADAS and Defra are inviting dairy, beef, laying hens, sheep, and pig farmers to take part in a De

In February 2018, ADAS, AHDB and Defra launched the Grass and herbal leys farm network. The network is a partnership between farmers, researchers and industry and provides a platform to investigate the long term impacts of leys in rotations, such as: Quantifying changes in soil organic matter and soil health from introducing temporary grass/herbal leys across a range of soil types and rainfall areas. Quantifying subsequent changes to soil organic matter and soil health following the destruction of the temporary grass/herbal leys and return to arable production. Investigating the effectiveness of grass/herbal leys in controlling blackgrass in ‘problem’ fields.

Help us collate the knowledge sources, organisations and initiatives out there that are seeking to improve the farmed environment

How do you conduct and manage robust research and development at scale on your farm? What are the best methods for data collection and analysis? What are the best approaches to collaborative projects with researchers? Join us on April 28th as we explore the scientific approaches to on-farm trials and how to work more effectively with researchers.

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Interesting discussions on policy, farming and environment with Defra's Future Farming & Countryside Programme Director Janet Hughes

Get involved in the co-design of new policies and keep up to date with Defra's Future Farming & Countryside programme.

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PLANET and MANNER-NPK are nutrient management software tools that are freely available for use by farmers and their advisers.  

Calculation Engine being developed ADAS for AHDB to give UK GHG Inventory compliant approach to calculating GHG emissions. This will connect to other tools via API. 

Defra's policy document from 2018

Farming Futures R&D Fund – Theme 1 (Expression of Interest) This

Project report from FERA (James Rainford, Glyn Jones, Roy Macarthur & David Garthwaite) for D