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    Studies on agricultural environments are done in several institutions. Research gives us background knowledge needed and helps to find the right solutions for decision making.

    Current situation

    The challenge is to apply knowledge from research to practical life and to the regulations set by the European Union for the environment and environmental subsidies. The problem therefore is often that the scientist seem to speak  a different language and policy makers and farmers do not understand them.

    In Finland, MTT Agrifood Reasearch Finland does applied research and employs over 100 researchers. There are several projects concerning nutrient loading that aim to give new operation models and solutions to decrease phosphorus and nitrogen run off from agriculture, while considering the profitability of agriculture and biodiversity.

    Research is also done in Universities and other research centres as well as in companies. There is no lack of research but to transfer this information into practice is often an issue.


    Better communication:

    1) Transfer information from research into practice

    2) Enhance the exchange of knowledge between scientists and other actors. For example, farmers have abundance of practical knowledge that would benefit research

    To do

    To give information so that people can understand it:

    - More articles published about studies in news papers, magazines and television
    - Scientist participating in training of famers to learn and to teach
    - Farmers and other actors in rural areas should participate in field research. Eg, giving nutrient monitoring equipment to farmers and to use the results in research
    - Analyzing results from a practical viewpoint