Welsh farmers offered £6m to tackle agricultural pollution

The Sustainable Production Grant scheme will open on 3rd September

UK confirms £540k boost to reward farmers for environmental outcomes

It is the first agri-environment scheme to be directly funded by the UK

UK clean air strategy proposes to ban polluting wood burners

The new proposals are estimated to reduce the costs of air pollution by £1bn every year by 2020

New rules for farmers to prevent water pollution

New requirements for farmers in England to improve and protect the quality of water have come into force. Under the rules, it is mandatory for all farmers to maintain good practice to prevent water pollution incidents. Farming-related pollution incidents can harm wildlife in rivers and seas, impact the economy and result in higher bills from […]

EU approves Italy’s €4.7bn public support for biofuels

Italy’s plans to provide €4.7 billion (£4.2bn) of public support for advanced biomethane and biofuels have been approved by the European Commission. The scheme, which will run until 2022, supports the production and distribution of second and third-generation biofuels for use in transport. Under the project, producers of advanced biomethane and biofuels receive a premium […]

Gove pledges streamlined support for farmers to protect environment

The government has pledged to streamline support for farmers to protect wildlife, enhance the environment and improve land use as the UK leaves the EU. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the current system of farm support under the EU’s “burdensome” Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is “inefficient, ineffective, inequitable and environmentally harmful”. The CAP sustains the […]

UN aims to help farmers combat climate change

Two UN departments have teamed up to help strengthen nations’ abilities to craft agriculture strategies to tackle climate change. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have signed an agreement to help countries adapt to and mitigate the impact of global temperatures and meet their pledges to […]

Farmers condemn cuts to green subsidies

Farmers in Scotland ‘condemn’ the UK Government’s decision to cut subsidies for renewable projects. They have joined forces with renewable groups to highlight how the change in policies could harm them. It comes as a consultation on changes to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme ends today, which could lead funding cuts on solar (87%), wind (100%) and hydropower (31%) projects. Industry […]

UK invests £800k in solar-powered irrigation

Businesses are being invited to bid for a share of up to £800,000 to develop affordable solar-powered irrigation pumps for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. The Department for International Development (DFID) is investing the cash to help boost productivity in the region and deploy the technology in other developing regions. The proposed pump should be “portable […]

UK farms ‘hold 10GW of untapped green energy’

Farms in the UK hold at least 10GW of untapped renewable energy potential and could be crucial in helping the nation move towards a low carbon economy. However “a number of obstacles stand in the way, including reliable access to grid connections and constrictive planning systems”, according to the Farm Power Coalition. Made up of […]