School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Farm management

Farm management

Farmers are required to manage land to produce profitable arable and livestock crops. This is at the same time as providing environmental benefits, such as biodiversity, clear water, carbon sinks and attractive landscapes. It has led to adjustments in farming systems, which have traded-off food production for enhanced environmental goods.

The Agriculture Bill (2018) – which sets out the UK’s domestic agricultural policy as it moves away for the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy - includes new incentives and instruments that will affect these trade-offs.

But production systems evolve under the influence of many changes, such as the withdrawal of pesticide active ingredients and the development of resistance in weed species.

The research group has the depth and breadth to explore and analyse the impacts of such changes on the evolution of farming systems, and how food and the environment is produced. 

For example, it can analyse:

  • the economic consequences of the withdrawal of pesticides
  • the profitability of using innovative technologies
  • why some farmers are willing to work together to reduce costs and deliver cross farm environmental benefits while others are not
  • how to develop instruments that are effective at reducing greenhouse gas production from farming and food, and which incentivise sequestrate atmospheric carbon
  • innovative mechanisms to direct funding to deliver additional environmental benefits, such as green bonds