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Generating applicable environmental knowledge among farmers: experiences from two regions in Poland

Drangert, Jan-Olof and Kiełbasa, Barbara and Ulen, Barbro and Tonderski, Karin S. and Tonderski, Andrzej (2017). Generating applicable environmental knowledge among farmers: experiences from two regions in Poland. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 41, 671-690
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Abstract

Raising environmental awareness among farmers is the key to successfully reaching environmental goals. The present study assessed the knowledge development process and the raising of environmental awareness among 30 farmers from Poland exposed to four approaches aimed to reduce phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) losses to water. The farmers were interviewed with open-ended questions on-farm both before and after the project intervention. As hoped, the farmers attempted to adjust their farm practices to the European Union regulations, which are in some cases supported by subsidies. As a complement, the project offered tools for system-thinking based on farm data and support from agricultural advisors: a) a survey of plant-available P, potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), and soil pH, resulting in soil maps; b) assessment of nitrogen leaching risks from individual fields; c) compilation of a farm-gate balance. Farmers were positive to soil surveys and maps, but had limited understanding of the nutrient balance concept and calculations. They generally relied on their own experiences regarding fertilization rather than on calculated farm nutrient balances and leaching risks. Farmers' understanding and willingness to adopt new approaches to improve nutrient efficiency and reduce negative environmental impacts are discussed.

Authors/Creators:Drangert, Jan-Olof and Kiełbasa, Barbara and Ulen, Barbro and Tonderski, Karin S. and Tonderski, Andrzej
Title:Generating applicable environmental knowledge among farmers: experiences from two regions in Poland
Series/Journal:Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (2168-3573)
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:41
Page range:671-690
Number of Pages:20
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:2168-3573
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Restricted
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Soil Science
Agrovoc terms:nutrient balance, leaching, fertilizers, environmental protection
Keywords:Baltic Sea, environmental protection, farm nutrient management, Poland
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4467
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4467
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1080/21683565.2017.1310786
Web of Science (WoS)000402995900007
ID Code:14693
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
(S) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
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Deposited On:21 Nov 2017 09:37
Metadata Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 09:37

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