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Last updated: 05 Mar 2014

Greenhouse Gas Action Plan. Over the next 40 years, the global food system will have to feed more people with less impact.  This will mean providing a higher quality diet whilst dealing with greater competition for land, water and energy and the economic and political pressures of globalisation as the climate changes.  Our farmers and growers need to adapt to the changing conditions alongside reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Greenhouse gases are an inevitable consequence of food production, and the challenge of reducing them whilst increasing food production is huge. The Greenhouse Gas Action Plan (GHGAP) sets out how the agriculture industry in England is responding to this challenge.  It shows our commitment to helping to play our part in tackling climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by three million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year from 2018-2022. The GHGAP is one of a range of initiatives that are already helping farming produce more whilst impacting less.

The Voluntary Initiative. In 2001 the Government accepted proposals put forward by the farming and crop protection industry to minimise the environmental impacts from pesticides. The programme was developed as an alternative to a pesticide tax which had been under consideration by the Government. By 2006 the programme had met or exceeded the vast majority of its targets. In the light of this, the VI Steering Group proposed to Ministers that The Voluntary Initiative should continue as a rolling two year programme. These proposals were welcomed by the Government and the VI has continued since as a voluntary programme of work promoting responsible pesticide use. An independent Steering Group, under the Chairmanship of Richard Butler, directs the implementation process and reports progress to Defra Ministers. In 2014, the VI launched the Integrated Pest Management Plan. As part of the Sustainable Use Directive, the UK government is required to show that UK growers are using integrated pest management practices. The NFU has developed a new Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP) for the VI which will replaces the Crop Protection Management Plan

Tried &Tested. In the second edition of the Tried & Tested Nutrient Management Plan, the industry (AIC, FWAG, LEAF, NFU and CLA) has worked together to deliver an aid to making nutrient planning and recording simple and practical. By using Tried & Tested you can manage your nutrients efficiently to save money and reduce environmental risks. The plan will also help you meet the latest NVZ regulations in a step-be-step, manageable way. By working together we believe we can ensure we remain a profitable and responsible industry.

CLA. The rural environment is a key issue for the CLA. All of CLA members work on or are surrounded by the rural environment, as providers of fibre, food, fuel, game, habitats, landscapes, minerals, rural tourism, timber, land and buildings. They have a real desire to preserve its value for future generations. CLA produce Advisory Handbooks on the Environment can be found here.

NFU. With more than 75% of UK land under agricultural management, NFU members have the unique responsibility of managing a countryside in which food production and environmental protection go hand-in-hand. Latest Science & Environment news from the NFU can be found here.

AIC. The key objective of the AIC policy sector is to improve the competitive position of AIC member companies by influencing the development of policy at the England, UK and European level to promote productive agriculture, whilst at the same time protecting the environment. Information from AIC on the farmed environment can be found here. AIC have produced the Feed Adviser Register for feed advisers. This is intended for people that provide advice on feeding livestock to farmers.  The register has been set up by AIC and the feed sector in response to Government, industry and customer demands predominately in the areas of Greenhouse Gas emission (GHG) reductions within the livestock sector.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is the leading UK charity conducting scientific research to enhance the British countryside for public benefit. GWCT advice on sustainable farming can be found here.

RSPB. Much of the UK's wildlife depends on farmland. RSPB works with farmers to find and share practical wildlife-friendly farming techniques.

What's in your backyard for farmers, from the Environment Agency (EA). This tool will help you get an idea of what environmental state the water bodies around and through your land are in, and whether agriculture is believed to be contributing to any water quality issues. It will also tell you what we think you can do to help reduce the impact your farm may be having on the water environment. The EA have also produced some useful guides for advisers; the Key actions for farmers relating to water management document and leaflet.

Natural England Land Management pages include farming advice.

AHDB produce a range of advice, including information on soil management and a useful Encyclopaedia of pests and natural enemies in field crops

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