Noncompliance with nitrates regulations

Our research programme tackling farmers’ noncompliance with the EU Nitrates Regulations is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Within this programme, we have conducted a series of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) designed to test communications to farmers. We have found that simplifying regulatory communication can increase compliance (results due soon).

We have also constructed a statistical model designed to predict which farms are most at risk of noncompliance. The aim is to target interventions to those farms most likely to breach the regulations.

In 2019 we will work to improve the model by using the newest available data and to test more targeted interventions designed to reduce nitrate pollution on Irish farms.