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DIVERSIFICATION

Stricter rules of firewood sales - what you need to know

Firewood sales are to be regulated to outlaw the burning of wet wood and help the UK government meet its air pollution ambitions. By May 2022, all sales of firewood…

POULTRY

Advice on cutting ammonia emissions on poultry farms

Agriculture accounts for 88% of the UK’s ammonia emissions, with the poultry sector responsible for 15% of the total, according to a report by Adas. High ammonia emissions can cause…

BUSINESS

Tree-planting targets offer opportunity for UK-grown stock

The UK’s tree planting goals to meet climate targets are ambitious and for plant health, environmental and economic reasons, domestic planting schemes favour UK-grown stock. Historically, much stock has been…

ARABLE

Regenerative agriculture: What to avoid and how to start

Farmers considering the move to a regenerative farming system must have a plan and introduce gradual changes, or there’s a danger that they will expose their businesses to an unacceptable…

BUSINESS

Towards Net Zero: How to reduce emissions and store carbon

Farming has been recognised for the key role it can play in helping the UK meet its net zero emissions target by 2050, with individual farmers being encouraged to do…

LIVESTOCK

Video: How to take an integrated approach to rodent control

The best way to deal with rat infestations is not to have them in the first place. Waiting until you see rats running around the farm is too late. Every…

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ARABLE

Why a climate-positive farm shows value of natural capital

The 1,000ha Cholderton Estate has achieved climate-positive status by capturing more greenhouse gases than it emits, while showing that it is possible to run a profitable farming business in countryside…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Beef grazing project benefits soils and biodiversity

A four-year grazing project on heavy land is improving resilience, biodiversity and soil health without reseeding or winter housing. The aim of the Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing Project, running on FAI…

BARLEY

Yorkshire barley growers plan for zero-carbon beer

A group of Yorkshire growers has banded together for a trial aiming for zero-carbon malting barley production to reduce the carbon footprint of John Smith’s beer. They will be using…

ARABLE

Saltash monitor farm hopes to earn more from stewardship

Profitable environmental farming was the focal point of the latest AHDB Saltash Monitor Farm meeting, where farmers were encouraged to find simple and effective ways to integrate stewardship schemes into…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How two Scottish farms plan to become more sustainable

Two rapidly growing Aberdeenshire farming businesses are looking to "close the loop" as they navigate their way to a sustainable future, while coping with the challenges that the next few…

LIVESTOCK

Why autumn lambing is a good fit for mixed farm

Livestock play a central role protecting soil health and fertility at the MacGregor Farming Partnership in Norfolk. Farmer Duncan MacGregor says muck is important, but the key is getting animals…

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AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Q&A Natural England: Farming and fighting climate change

Farmers Weekly speaks to Natural England chairman Tony Juniper about his vision for a more sustainable countryside. We find out how he sees farming fitting in to policies on climate…

POULTRY

Poultry producer pledges to help clean up River Wye

Farmer efforts to reduce phosphate losses into the river Wye in Herefordshire have received a significant boost from the poultry sector, after a major broiler production company announced steps to…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Tackling climate change: How to improve tenants’ role

The pressure for action to prevent a global climate crisis is building, and UK farmers have an important role to play, but tenants risk getting left behind through no fault…

FARM POLICY

Analysis: Farm policy gathers pace in UK devolved regions

If the first six months outside the EU were marked by Defra announcements of post-Brexit policy plans for English farmers, the past three months have at last seen some signs…

CARBON

How a carbon payments scheme will work for 100 UK farmers

Another carbon payment programme has come to the UK. We find out how the Soil Capital Carbon programme will work. Farmers signing up to Soil Capital’s carbon programme will receive…

ENVIRONMENT

Government encouraged to relax rules on gene editing

Government plans to accelerate the use of genetic technology have received a boost, with the publication of a new report setting out ways to free up the approvals process. Produced…

ELM

How Local Nature Recovery collaborative schemes could work

Collaboration between farmers, as well as other stakeholders, is likely to be crucial in unlocking funding within the Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery parts of Defra’s Environmental Land Management…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Essex farm bought for £2m to showcase rewilding

An Essex farm is to showcase how rewilding can generate an income for landowners, while enhancing biodiversity and the environment. Landscape company Ground Control bought Grays Farm, in the village…

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NEWS

Plans for UK's largest solar farm threaten food production

Developers have unveiled plans for the UK’s largest solar farm on 880ha of productive farmland in the East Midlands, sparking a debate on land use. Early proposals state the 350mW…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Green charities sound alarm over SFI 'lack of ambition'

Three leading UK environmental charities have accused Defra of failing to protect nature and wildlife in its new scheme for sustainable land management. A “shocking lack of ambition” in the…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Farm minister reassures tenants on environmental schemes

Tenants in England with tenancy agreements that have at least two years left to run will be eligible to tap into funding opportunities in the government’s new Environmental Land Management…

WILDLIFE

More farmland and upland birds ‘red-listed' says RSPB

There has been no improvement in the overall status of bird species associated with farmland and the uplands in the UK, despite the best efforts of land managers, according to…

CARBON

Nitrogen tool part of major upgrade to Farm Carbon Calculator

A new tool for measuring nitrogen balance has been added to the Farm Carbon Calculator as part of a major upgrade, enabling farmers and growers to undertake a more detailed…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Defra scientist offers climate solutions for UK agriculture

The UK’s chief scientist has suggested solutions to help UK agriculture reduce its environmental impact and meet its net-zero carbon targets. Professor Gideon Henderson, chief scientific adviser at Defra, laid…

ENVIRONMENT

End to cross-compliance in 2024 threatens hedges, says RSPB

Bird enthusiasts are warning of potential damage to thousands of kilometres of English hedgerows if current cross-compliance rules are not replaced with regulation by 2024. Defra’s plans for a new…

ENVIRONMENT

New five-point plan to help Scots' red meat deliver net zero

The Scottish red meat industry has set out plans to deliver “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, keeping the sector in line with Scottish government commitments. The plans are…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Farmers need clarity on ELM roadmap and ambitions, Defra told

Defra must set out a roadmap and clear ambitions for its upcoming Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme if it is to reach its target of enrolling 70% of farmers in…

LIVESTOCK

Trial shows bedding treatment lowers ammonia emissions

Positive bacterial biofilms could be part of the toolbox used to meet government targets to reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture by 16% by 2030. Biofilms behave differently to free-flowing microbes.…

LIVESTOCK

Calving age and forage quality key to lower dairy emissions

Feeding good-quality forage and lowering age at first calving are two major steps farmers can take to help to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from dairy farming, while benefiting performance.…

ENVIRONMENT

Evidence against red meat does not stack up, says scientist

Campaigners seeking an end to meat consumption are underestimating its nutritional value and overestimating its environmental impact, according to one leading authority in animal protein and nutrition. Speaking at the…

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FARM POLICY

Video: Farmer demands clarity on autumn muckspreading ban

A Surrey farmer is demanding clarity from the Environment Agency (EA) on behalf of all farmers over its effective ban on most manure applications to arable land in the autumn.…

LIVESTOCK

Video: How to take an integrated approach to rodent control

The best way to deal with rat infestations is not to have them in the first place. Waiting until you see rats running around the farm is too late. Every…

ENVIRONMENT

Tree and hedge planting - a farm's return to sustainability

Robert Moore has made it his goal to leave his 356ha arable unit in a better condition than when he took it on in 1988. He and his sister Janet…

ENVIRONMENT

Video: How sustainable farming is benefiting Scottish family

A Highland Perthshire farmer has brilliantly captured the positive effects sustainable agriculture is having on his family’s farm in Scotland. Patrick Barbour’s innovative three-minute video, filmed at Mains of Fincastle,…