ESRI Research Bulletin

Predicting which farms are most likely to breach nitrate pollution regulations

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May 25, 2020
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New research analyses which farms and farmers exceed emissions limits set by the EU Nitrates Regulations. Violations are most likely when a farm business undergoes substantive change, perhaps via an alternative business model, expanded production, or the buying or selling of land. Violations reduce water quality and lead to penalties for farmers.