18th September 2018: New paper by John Redhead and colleagues at CEH and the University of Reading uses 30 years of citizen science biological recording data to construct national–scale maps of plant-pollinator network properties and explore their links with agriculture. Agricultural landscapes can have plant-pollinator networks which are more robust to future scenarios of environmental change - find out more here.
June 2018: New online tool from Agrimetrics and ASSIST makes benchmarking your crop yield easy!
Few studies have been conducted to show the impact of environmental conditions on crop performance. The ASSIST (Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems) programme is aiming to do just that and is using the exciting new Agrimetrics Data Combine benchmarking tool to capture farm yield data from participating farmers.
13-14 June 2018: ASSIST showcased at stand no. 246 at Cereals 2018 , offering visitors a tour through future farmed landscapes using immersive virtual reality!
13 - 14th April 2018: ASSIST and the new National Honey Monitoring Scheme on show at the BBKA Spring Convention, Harper Adams University on 13 and 14 April.
6th February 2018: The ASSIST Scenario Exploration Tool launches today! This is a brand new web tool enabling people to explore the impacts of potential changes in the way we farm the British landscape and to find out more about the kinds of data and models ASSIST is using and developing. Start exploring and let us know what you think!
2nd February 2018: CEH Blog post featuring ASSIST Sustainable Solutions research - Dr Ben Woodcock tells us more about why in-field flower strips are being trialled as a method to promote better pest control.
1st February 2018: BGS scientists featured on BBC Farming Today talking about ASSIST, soils and flooding from the Hillesden Estate Farm experiment
5th January 2018: ASSIST was presented by Prof. Matt Heard (CEH) to a lively audience at the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018.
January 2018: Look out for the ASSIST stand and Prof. Richard Pywell (CEH) speaking at the AICC (Association of Independent Crop Consultants) 2018 conference on 10th January!
Look out for ASSIST on stand no. 921 at Cereals 2017!
The ASSIST stand was well received at the Rothamsted Innovation Forum event 18th-20th January 2017 where 250 high-level industry experts came together at Rothamsted Research to work collaboratively on cutting-edge solutions to issues spanning the entire agricultural ecosystem, from pre-farm gate to consumers’ plates.
The ASSIST team, together with the RSPB, will host a Stakeholder workshop for invited experts in June 2017 to help shape the development and testing of future sustainable farming approaches.