Defra publishes guidance for farmers to help reduce air pollution from ammonia


By Edward Venmore

Defra has published guidance to help reduce air pollution from ammonia. The Code of Good Agricultural Practice for Reducing Ammonia Emissions sets out the steps farmers, advisors and contractors can take to reduce ammonia emissions and help improve air quality.  Suggested steps are as follows:-

1. Using a nutrient management plan to calculate fertiliser application rates.

2. Making changes to slurry storage, spreading equipment and infrastructure.

Defra has also announced that it is providing a package of financial and technical advice to help farmers reduce their emissions. They are 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.

The new guidance is a voluntary code that has been written by Defra in collaboration with the NFU, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and the Agricultural Industries Confederation. 

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