Know How / Air & 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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

ENVIRONMENT

Livestock farming links to climate change solution

British livestock production can contribute to global cooling and should form part of the solution to climate change, an environment summit has heard. The Countryside COP summit has been organised…

LIVESTOCK

ABP beef farm trial unlocks key to lowering carbon emissions

Using superior bulls can lower carbon emissions by 11% and is worth £250 a head, trials carried out by ABP Food Group at its demonstration farm in Shropshire have found.…

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…

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…

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…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Report calls for subsidies to help transition to green farming

The Scottish government must work with farmers to develop a new subsidy regime to help them transition towards more sustainable land management practices and move away from intensive farming, according…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Agrii unveils 5-point green action plan for arable sector

Agrii has launched an initiative aimed at improving the sustainability of arable businesses, which includes establishing a net-zero carbon demonstration farm. The company’s Green Horizons scheme is designed to help…

DAIRY

Ways to reduce dairy greenhouse gas emissions to hit targets

Dairy farmers can make some easy strides to improve their carbon footprint as pressure mounts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms. The NFU has set a target for farming…

ENVIRONMENT

Why farm policy should support agroforestry

One of the recurring messages from the recent spate of reports and conferences about climate change is that farmers and landowners need to be planting more trees. That was spelled…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How more arable farmers can benefit from biobeds

It’s nearly 10 years since the Environment Agency gave the green light to biobeds for treating sprayer washings. There are now an estimated 450 in the UK, helping reduce the…