Update on 2020 field surveys: we are pleased to report that ASSIST field surveys are resuming where it is safe for our staff and the general public to do so, where this is permitted by the relevant government, and subject to landowner approval. This means that in England, as of 11th May field surveys have now resumed.  We are taking all steps necessary to protect the well-being of those involved and all farm visits are being conducted whilst adhering to current requirements for social distancing and the UK Government guidelines for working safely outdoors.

ASSIST is a six-year £12 million research programme that, with support from the farming industry, will meet the challenge of feeding growing populations without causing unacceptable environmental damage.

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in partnership with Rothamsted Research and British Geological Survey will develop innovative farming systems in collaboration with industry and stakeholders to:

  • Increase efficiency of food production
  • Improve resilience to extreme events 
  • Reduce the environmental foot print of agriculture


New ways to grow more food with less environmental impact