Know How / Air and water

As part of the transition to a more sustainable future, improving air and water quality is fundamental. New regulations will come into force to reduce ammonia emissions and fertiliser use in the agricultural sector. We look at low-emission farming techniques which can help you become less reliant on inputs that are harmful to the environment.

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

6 ways to prepare for tighter slurry regulations

Pressure from the government's Clean Air Strategy to cut ammonia emissions means farms must look closely at slurry and manure management this year – if they haven’t done so already.…

NEWS

OFC 2022: Risks surround monetisation of carbon credits

Farm businesses risk jeopardising their own future emissions targets by cashing in on the “dash for carbon”, a new report warns. On the opening day of the Oxford Farming Conference…

NEWS

Growers urged to have their say on water abstraction

Time is running out for growers to voice concerns over government plans to scrap water abstraction licences, the NFU has warned. The proposals, included in a consultation which ends on…

NEWS

Leading dairy farmer fined £29,000 for pollution offences

The farm business run by Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers chairman Peter Alvis has been ordered to pay £37,184 after two pollution offences. Alvis Brothers, of Lye Cross Farm…

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…

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.…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Dairy farm works with neighbours to cut costs and emissions

Transition farmer Eddie Andrew has an ambitious goal: to continue producing milk profitably from his 90-cow dairy herd – while reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. The family-run 73ha farm…

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…

SHEEP

Scope to cut greenhouse gas emissions from Welsh sheep

Direct emissions from lamb production in Wales could be cut by 20% if sheep farmers adopted a range of measures to optimise output from their system and land base, according…

LIVESTOCK

How livestock farmers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Adapting farming practices can help livestock producers reduce their carbon footprint, increasing profitability as well as the environmental credentials of British meat. Improving productivity by utilising better animal genetics, reseeding…