Know How / Carbon

Carbon reduction is key to reducing the impact of climate change and meeting the UK's target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Farm businesses will need to implement low-carbon solutions to help reach these targets and qualify for new payment schemes. Find out what other farmers are doing and learn about carbon management.

DAIRY

Tools that can help with carbon footprint assessments

Ambitious carbon footprinting requirements from milk buyers are an opportunity to improve farm efficiency and road-test important environmental impact tools, farmers heard at Dairy Day this week (15 September). Farms…

ARABLE

How AHDB Monitor Farms are moving towards net zero

Reducing emissions while maintaining productivity is the goal for most farms as they look for ways to reduce their impact and become carbon neutral. While every farm will have its…

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…

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…

NEWS

Arla reveals carbon output of its dairy farmers

Dairy co-operative Arla has revealed carbon footprint data from just under 2,000 of its UK dairy farmers, suggesting they are world-beaters in terms of their environmental impact. In a new…

ARABLE

Carbon, soil and wine central to plug BPS gap on Sussex farm

Richard Goring is making wine to match the best the French can produce and using that success to re-connect with consumers and plan for a farm subsidy-free future. A planned…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How one farm hopes to balance finance and environment

Transition Farmer James MacCartney says the size of his farm is the main challenge he faces in his quest to secure a sustainable future for his business. A third-generation beef…

NEWS

Experts urge caution over carbon payment schemes

Carbon schemes that promise to pay farmers for reducing or offsetting greenhouse gas emissions should be met with caution, say experts. Payments worth thousands of pounds are being offered to…

SOILS

How a carbon pilot is opening up a direct market for farmers

Very few farmers have so far been paid for sequestering carbon within an arable rotation, but opportunities are beginning to open up, both globally and in the UK. Carl Krefting,…

POULTRY

An egg producer's guide to becoming carbon neutral

Feed has been identified as the major source of carbon emissions in poultry layer flocks in an in-depth study carried out by consultancy firm Promar International and the British Free…

SOILS

Will soil carbon be the next big crop for growers?

It feels like a perfect storm: the urgency of climate change, the global surge in interest in regenerative agricultural practices and the need for new income streams. They are all…

SOILS

How the UK's first soil carbon mapping service works

The UK’s first carbon mapping service, capable of providing an accurate baseline measure of soil carbon levels, is now available to farmers. The technology, known as Terramap Carbon, will gauge…

ENVIRONMENT

Government considers carbon tax on meat and cheese

A carbon tax could be levied on meat and cheese under plans being drawn up by the government, suggests a report. In a bid to meet climate change targets, prime…

BPS

Defra paves the way for more agroforestry in England

Farmers in England have been given fresh clarity on whether farmland will continue to be eligible for area payments when it is planted with trees. The support for agroforestry –…

SOILS

How to accurately measure the organic carbon content of soil

How to measure organic carbon in soils and, even more importantly, accurately measure how it changes over time, are major challenges in the potential development of new income streams for…

ENVIRONMENT

How do three main farm carbon calculators compare?

Want to know how much your farm is contributing to industry net-zero targets and how to improve? Or are you looking to access carbon trading markets or other financial incentives…

ENVIRONMENT

Why carbon reduction goal makes good business sense

While reducing greenhouse gases might not seem like a business priority, farmers are waking up to the cost savings as well as the environmental benefits of reducing their carbon footprint. …

SOILS

Organic arable farm goes carbon negative for Brexit future

Rising soil organic matter levels are soaking up greenhouse gases, giving one Cambridgeshire organic farm a negative carbon balance and preparing it for a no-subsidy Brexit future. Less ploughing and…

OILSEED RAPE

Video: Harvest on carbon-neutral OSR grower's farm

Duncan Farrington, an arable farmer in Northamptonshire, who produced the world’s first carbon- and plastic-neutral food product, has now completed harvest of his 36ha of rapeseed where the hybrid variety…

SOILS

How growers can help farming become carbon net zero 

Arable farmers will have a key role in helping the farming sector become net zero within 20 years, by locking up carbon and making better use of fuel and fertilisers.…