Sustainable Intensification Project

Study farms

The SIP study farm network tests and demonstrates a range of alternative farm management practices (as 'interventions') that have the potential to improve the economic, environmental or social performance of farming systems.

The five farms cover a range of farming types and regions, focusing on those that represent significant areas of land use across England and Wales:

The SIP work at the Study Farms builds on existing research activities relevant to SI through: additional interventions, new measurements and analyses, and/or scaling-up evaluation. Each farm has established a baseline from ongoing or new data, enabling the actual or potential economic and environmental impacts and benefits of the alternative practices to be assessed.

New data generated will be made freely available through the SIP data archive for future use.

The study farms are also a focus for knowledge exchange with farmers, advisers and other stakeholders. This includes involving participants in evaluating the practicality and usefulness of the interventions, and encouraging farmers to consider trying similar approaches themselves.