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Scoping study to identify new research opportunities in the area of arable crops and environmental interactions - IS0103

Description
Strong opinions have been voiced recently that agriculture needs to change. These have arisen through widespread changes in the support systems, causing economic pressures, and also because of the environmental impact of agriculture, problems such as BSE and Foot and Mouth Disease and occasional overproduction. There is also increasing public pressure for 'quality' food. MAFF are therefore creating a new Assessment Unit (AU) on Integrated Agricultural Systems that will fund research to develop an agriculture that is integrated with all aspects of biomass (for food, forage, fibre and energy) supply and the environment, and lead to an agronomically, economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture. As an initial action within the new AU, two Scoping Studies have been commissioned to more fully explore the potential areas of research that the Programme should address. This CSG7 describes the Scoping Study to explore opportunities in the arable crops / environment area.
Objective
01. Identify areas for which there is a likely immediate impact and return in terms of producing alternative effective management systems that provide improved integration of biomass (food and energy) production and environment quality.

02. Produce a Report on the overall potential for new research that will produce an agriculture that is fully integrated into biomass supply and the environment, optimising efficiency of production and environmental benefits.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Scoping study to identify new research opportunities in the area of arable crops and environmental interactions   (218k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £55,286
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Rothamsted Research (BBSRC)
Keywords
Arable Farming              
Crops              
Farming              
Sustainable Production