In a conservative industry like agriculture, people are often doubtful of new policies and regulations, but with the development of proper insights, based on sound evidence can change such attitudes. As an example this year in Germany, farmers were forced to reduce their fertilizer rate by approximately 23% (due to regulatory pressure and high prices), and guess what? Farmers reported above average yields for the winter wheat harvest! There was also an increase of 15% in the Nitrogen Use Efficiency to over 85% from just a few years back.
What could have created this positive change? The answer is regenerative farming. When German farmers were asked about what they had changed to obtain positive results, they reported the utilization of precision farming methods, focusing on soil health, better crop rotation and so forth have helped them decrease fertilizer usage.