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.

FARM POLICY

Farmers want incentives for climate change mitigation in ELM

Farmers and growers want to see rewards for climate change mitigation included within the Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes, an NFU survey has revealed. The union quizzed 400 of its…

NEWS

Deadline looms for all-Wales nitrate vulnerable zone review

Time is running out for Welsh farmers to have their say on the potential impact of the all-Wales nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs). The regulations were implemented in April and saw…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Farmer-led approach to underpin Scottish ag strategy

Future environmental schemes in Scotland will be designed around recommendations put forward by farmer-led groups, the Scottish government has announced. Five Farmer-led Climate Change Groups (FLGs), set up by the…

ENVIRONMENT

12 tips to save water on your farm

Agriculture consumes more water than any other source, but much of it can be wasted through inefficiencies. Over the coming years and decades, coping with water scarcity in agriculture looks…

NEWS

New water abstraction licences face steep cost rise

Farmers in England can expect to pay considerably more for new or amended abstraction licences in future, if new Environment Agency (EA) proposals come to fruition. The plans are set…

ENVIRONMENT

Climate change bill could 'wipe out' NI livestock farms

An independent report is forecasting an 86% cut in cattle and sheep numbers and 13,000 on-farm job losses in Northern Ireland if the country moves forward with legislation to achieve…

AIR AND WATER

Analysis: Industry reacts to new autumn muckspreading rules

The Environment Agency (EA) is facing fierce criticism following the publication of its guidance on spreading organic manures, which critics say will prevent applications to most fields in England this…

AIR AND WATER

Farmers get temporary reprieve from autumn muckspreading ban

Farmers in England have been granted a temporary reprieve from rules preventing the autumn spreading of slurry and manure on some land, after the Environment Agency (EA) agreed to relax…

DAIRY

Can all-forage dairy diets be practical and profitable?

At about 3,250 litres annually, cows fed wholly on forage produce much less milk than dairy herds on diets including concentrates. But producers who have made the switch say other…

ARABLE

Growers to be hit by restrictions on autumn manure spreading

Rules aimed at tackling river pollution in England could see arable farmers barred from spreading livestock manures and digestate this autumn, as the Environment Agency (EA) is changing the way…

BUSINESS

Silvopasture: What it is and how it benefits livestock

Tree planting can make a valuable contribution to a range of public goods, such as carbon sequestration, improved soil health, increased biodiversity, water quality and flood mitigation, all of which…

SOILS

How two growers are using regenerative ag to protect water

Pressure to reverse excessive nitrate leaching into both the Wessex Water borehole and wider Poole Harbour catchments has led Dorset farmer John Hawkins to radically reshape his farm in the…