UK: New guide for farmers to help reduce air pollution from ammonia

Agriculture is responsible for 88% of UK emissions of ammonia gas and this voluntary guide will help farmers improve air quality.

Friday 27 July 2018 (23 days ago)
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A new guide published sets out the steps farmers, advisors and contractors can take to reduce ammonia emissions and help improve air quality.

The Code of Good Agricultural Practice (COGAP) for Reducing Ammonia Emissions sets out simple steps all farmers can take to reduce ammonia emissions, such as using a nutrient management plan to calculate fertiliser application rates.

It also includes more significant changes to slurry storage, spreading equipment and infrastructure, alongside innovative techniques such as slurry and digestate acidification and separation.

In addition to the new guidance, Defra is providing a package of financial and technical advice to help farmers reduce their emissions.

Defra is investing £3 million over the next three years to fund a specialist team of experts who will offer support, advice and guidance on the most effective ways to reduce emissions from ammonia on their land.

It will also fund demonstrations of the latest low-emission spreading equipment and one-to-one advice on reducing ammonia emissions which will be available from Catchment Sensitive Farming officers by the end of this year.

The guide includes information on how to reduce emissions when:

  • storing organic manure
  • applying organic manure
  • applying manufactured nitrogen fertiliser
  • feeding livestock
  • housing livestock

Friday July 27, 2018/ DEFRA/ United Kingdom.
https://www.gov.uk

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