ASSIST Commercial Study Farm Network

The ASSIST programme aims to achieve sustainable agricultural systems. The purpose of the ASSIST Study Farm Network is to test innovative farming systems on commercial arable and grassland farms. A large-scale experiment across 20 farms aims to: (1) Sustainably reduce yield gaps; (2) Enhance natural processes underpinning food production; (3) Develop more profitable farming systems; (4) Increase longer term resilience of the agri-environmental system. UKCEH scientists assess multiple lines of evidence (biological, economic, agronomic) on system level viability, practicality and profitability. The resulting data and knowledge will inform agricultural industry practice through policy and grower decisions.