Case Study: Sustainability through farmer-led innovation

A network that helps improve sustainability through farmer-led innovation. ‘Field labs’ and research grants provide farmers with skills, support and scientific backing to find solutions to the challenges which farmers face.

Project summary: 

This methodological case study explores the UK's ‘Field labs’ network and research grants aimed to help improve sustainability through farmer-led innovation and provide skills, support and scientific backing to find solutions to common challenges.

Project results: 

Over the first three years, 750 farmers were involved in 35 field lab topics. The results have included reductions in antibiotic use through improved herd management, and adoption of cover crops. An independent evaluation found that 86% of farmers felt they were getting value from participation, 56% were inspired to make changes on their own farm as a result of participation, and 37% had already done so.