SWARM Hub

Web Resources

Below are some websites that have been grouped into subjects that the Swarm Hub team have come across. In order to have a look click on the subject that interests you, and have a browse through the sites you may find them useful when looking for new ideas or researching potential projects

This is by no means an exhaustive list, if you have found a website that you feel would be useful to other farmers do drop us a line and we'll include it

Similarly if you want to give us feedback on how useful any of these websites have been please let us know

SOILS

Soil Management

Natural England - Farmers and Land Managers Section - contains an advisory service for any issues to do with cross compliance, environmental stewardship, environmentally sustainable land management and conservation grazing. It also has a list of upcoming events that are free to attend on a range of topics including soils, manures, and nutrient planning. Natural England also delivered the Soils for Profit project which provided free advice on soils, manures and nutrients on your farm.

The Soil Protection Review - This is mandatory to complete if you are receiving the Single Farm Payment. Click on the link to download your copy. If you need help completing it, keep an eye on our what's on page for events that will cover soils and the Soil Protection Review

Soil Maps - These are published by Cranfield University and allow you to view and print out soil maps of your area by entering a post code

Simply Sustainable Soils - developed by LEAF and ASDA, this booklet describes six steps for your soil to help improve the performance, health, and long term sustainability of your land

Farming and Archaeology in Devon - The Devon County Historic Environment Service. This leaflet gives advice to farmers and landowners on how to manage your land in a sympathetic way for historical features. It also provides contact details and how to check whether you are farming on a historic site

Soil Structure

Reducing Soil Compaction - A factsheet developed on the issues concerning compaction and how to deal with it

Grassland Soil Compaction Assessment - Part of a Defra project written by Paul Newell-Price and Brian Chambers from ADAS looking at the characteristics of soil compaction under grassland

Visual Evaluation of Soil Structure - developed by the SAC, this simple quick test assesses soil structure based on the appearance and feel of a block of soil dug out with a spade

A Guide To Better Soil Structure - Developed by the National Soil Research Institute, this is a comprehensive guide to determining your soil structure and how to maintain good structure. Click on the link to download it

Think Soils - examining soil structure - a practical guide to digging a hole, developed by the Environment Agency

Improving Soils for Better Returns - Useful advice developed by EBLEX on the financial benefits of good soil, how to assess and improve your grassland to improve returns from crop and animal production through appropriate soil management

Precision farming

HGCA precision farming calculator - An interactive tool to determine whether precision farming equipment is right for your farm, by inputting your data including cropping and conditions it will show the economic return on different pieces of equipment and whether they would be viable

Precision farming glossary - a glossary of terms used in precision farming

Soil management for grassland

Improving Pasture for Better Returns - Developed by EBLEX, these manuals addresses the key issues that will enable beef and sheep farmers to look in more detail at their pasture, identify key ways to improve management, and their grazing performance

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy management

The Farm Energy Centre - This contains guides on energy efficiency in different agricultural systems, as well as guidance on renewable and technical notes on slurry and waste systems

The Energy Saving Trust- This is not agriculture specific, but provides a simple explanation of climate change and its likely effects, and renewable energy technology and associated benefits

Carbon management

Countryside Land and Business Association Carbon calculator- This interactive calculator measures emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide from agricultural businesses, and takes into account any carbon which is stored in situ or trees

The Farm Carbon Cutting toolkit -This site is a farmer to farmer information sharing organisation which aims to allow exchanges of practical information and experiences between farmers to reduce GHG emissions and increase energy resilience. This website is still in the early stages and as such will contain more information as time progresses

The Carbon Trust - The Carbon trust offers interest free loans for capital items that allow the farming business to save Carbon. The loan amount is dependent on the tonnes of Carbon dioxide that the item will save per year. The site also contains information on previous successful applicants and the potential to save carbon by low cost measures as well as investment opportunities

Farming for a better climate - a website developed by the Scottish Agricultural College, hosting a range of information, case studies, and factsheets about how the agricultural sector can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

EBLEX Down to earth phase 3- phase 3 of the beef and sheep roadmap looks at carbon management on farm and the potential that carbon sequestration offers in terms of a mitigation factor in livestock farming. 

Energy efficiency in livestock production

A Change in the Air- developed by EBLEX for beef and sheep producers, this report looks at the efficiency of these enterprises in England and how efficient measures can help mitigate climate change

Energy Efficiency on Dairy Farms - This booklet developed by Dairy Co takes you through different options that are available to dairy farmers and gives a better understanding of the energy costs

Energy efficiency in arable production

The Potato Council Energy Hub - A resource for potato growers on how to save energy and maximise efficiency

Grow Save - helping horticulture save energy. A one stop shop for horticultural energy saving information, news and advice

RENEWABLES

Multi technology sites

The Renewable Energy Association - This outlines the possibilities and options for farmers and landowners who are interested in renewable energy

The Energy Saving Trust- This is not agriculture specific, but provides a simple explanation of climate change and its likely effects, and renewable energy technology and associated benefits

Regen SW - A leading independent centre of expertise in sustainable energy. Mission to enable businesses and others to deliver ground breaking renewable energy and energy efficiency projects with thriving local supply chains

The Renewable Energy Foundation - Aiming to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding renewable energy and encourage informed debate regarding a structured energy policy which is ecologically sensitive and practical

The National Non Food Crops Centre - Looks at the markets for non food crops and has a crops database with the properties of each crop in order to allow for informed selection

National Environmental Research Council - Research into land based renewable technology and climate change

UK Climate Impacts Programme - Shows implications on the agricultural sector from climate change. An interactive tool shows the vulnerability of the supply chain and implications for investment and markets

Funding information

The Feed in Tariff - The information site for the feed in tariff covers everything you need to know about the Feed in Tariffs, how it works, what systems are eligible, what changes are being made and more.

The Renewable Heat Incentive - The information site for the new government funding initiative for the generation of renewable heat. This site contains all the details needed to be eligible for funding when considering installing a renewable heating system

Microgeneration Certification Scheme - The organisation that certifies microgeneration technologies used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources. They have also produced a guide to the different technologies available on a small scale (under 50kW) and accredited installers and products

Ofgem - Administrators for the RHI. Keep an eye on the site if you are developing a renewable heat installation as to how to register for the RHI

Anaerobic Digestion

WRAP - Making and using quality Compost - contains lots of information on why to use compost, how to use it, an interactive calculator and a supplier. It also contains a directory of all available funding options

NNFCC Power plants 2020 - Provides up to date information and independent advice to farmers on growing energy crops and using farm resources in anaerobic digestion. It also contains a list of contractors who are buying energy crops and statistics for the different regions

A Review of AD Plants on UK Farms- Barriers, Benefits and case studies - developed by Angie Bywater and the Royal Agricultural Society of England. This report makes extensive use of case studies to explore best practice in a number of AD plants, as well as looking at barriers to AD and the benefits identified by the people actually running plants at farm scale

AD Cost Calculator - Developed by the NNFCC and the Andersons Centre, this cost calculator is the updated version of the downloadable tool for estimating the costs of anaerobic digestion facilities.  The tool allows for the assessment of the economics of new AD production technologies in the UK

The Official Information Portal on Anaerobic Digestion

The Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion

Farming Futures - Factsheet 17, Focus on: farm anaerobic digestion

DEFRA - Anaerobic Digestion, Strategy and Action Plan June 2011

The Digestate and Compost in Agriculture Project (Defra, WRAP)

Anaerobic Digestion: Economics (NNFCC)

Farm-Scale Anaerobic Digestion Plant Efficiency (NNFCC)

Anaerobic digestion pages, Environment Agency

Anaerobic Digestion and Environmental Permitting, The Environment Agency

Quality protocol for digestate (WRAP, EA)

PAS 110:2010, Specification for whole digestate, separated liquor and separated fibre derived from the anaerobic digestion of source-segregated biodegradable materials

Solar

Solar Power Portal - A source of information on renewable energy technology, in particular solar and Feed in Tariffs

Farming Futures Factsheet - Focus on: Solar PV

NFU - Solar PV electricity in Agriculture - on your roofs or in your fields?

The Energy Saving Trust - Information on Solar panels

Centre for Alternative Technology - Information sheet on Solar PV

Solar Thermal

The Energy Saving Trust - A buyer's guide to solar water heating

The Centre for Alternative Technology - Information sheet on solar thermal

The Building and Engineering services association - Information on solar thermal

Wind

Wind Speed Database - Before installing a wind system it is essential to have a good knowledge of wind speed at the site. The Department of Trade and Industry wind speed database contains estimates of the annual mean wind speed throughout the UK. This may give an indication of average wind speed in different parts of the country. This page walks you through using the interactive wind speed database and links to it

Renewable UK - Generate your own power - Your guide to installing a small wind system.

Regen SW - On site wind energy generation

The Centre for Alternative Technology Information sheet - Domestic Wind Turbines

Farming Futures Factsheet - Focus On Wind Power

Biomass

FOREST - A pan European project focusing on working with business in the biomass heating supply chain to develop a more profitable and successful business sector. The site houses best practice guidance, access to direct access training, information updates and a supplier database

Crops for Energy - An independent authority on energy crops and their use in biomass energy schemes. The main remit for crops for energy is to see renewable energy flourish in the UK and to ensure that energy crops and biomass play a significant role in this

South West Woodshed - this site aims to guide you through the options related to wood fuel and help you identify the way forward that is just right for you. The site contains details of suppliers, case studies and events from across the south west

Glossary of terms - includes terms and abbreviations used in the biomass sector. Developed by the Biomass Energy Centre

The Biomass Energy Centre - A one stop shop to provide information to people with an interest in biomass fuels and conversion technologies

Woodfuel Storage - Guidance notes from Regen SW on woodfuel storage

The Carbon Trust - Information on biomass technology, different tools and support, case studies and other sources of advice

Biomass Heating: a practical guide for potential users - this guide, produced by the Carbon Trust is intended to provide practical guidance to businesses and public sector organisations considering using biomass as an alternative source of heating for space, hot water, and /or process heat.

National Biomass Supply Database - Developed by the Carbon Trust and the Biomass Energy Centre this tool allows potential biomass installers to see all the suppliers of logs, wood pellets, wood chip, and briquettes in their area.

Why we need energy crops in the SW - Developed by Kevin Lindegaard and Crops for Energy, this report published in June 2012, is looking at the potential of the south west region for contributing to UK renewable targets by utilising the potential of energy crops. Click here for the position paper or above for the main report.

Heat Pumps

The Heat Pump Association (HPA)- is the UK's leading authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology and includes many of the country's leading manufacturers of heat pumps, components and associated equipment.

Energy Saving Trust, Getting warmer: a field trial of heat pumps

Kensa heat pumps - Information library

Centre for Alternative Technologies - Information on heat pumps

Ground Source Heat Pump Association

AECB, Air Source Heat Pumps - Friend or Foe

HSE, The control of legionella bacteria in water systems

Planning, Heat pumps

The Environment Agency, Water abstraction

Microgeneration Certification Scheme Planning Standards (MCS 020)

The Renewable Heat Incentive

Micro hydro

British Hydropower association - The BHA promotes the hydropower industry in the UK and abroad and aims to increase the awareness of its quality and scope in the wider world. It also produces a guide on small scale hydro. This guide is designed to assist anyone in the UK who is planning to develop a small-scale hydro-electric scheme. It has been prepared by the British Hydropower Association in order to support and encourage new developments in this sector

The National River Flow Archive

The Centre for Alternative Technology - Information sheet on Micro-hydro systems

The Energy Saving Trust, DECC, and the Environment Agency - Hydropower: A guide for you and your community

The Environment Agency - Good practice guidelines to the environment agency hydropower handbook.

The Environment Agency - The Environmental Permit Application process.

NUTRIENTS AND MANURES

Nutrient Planning Tools

Tried and Tested nutrient management plan - A partnership between several industry bodies including the NFU, FWAG, CLA, LEAF, AIC and CSF that has developed an easy to use nutrient management plan, soil Nitrogen Supply calculator, and a manure spreader capacity calculator. Also contains information on fertiliser application, NVZs, slurry and manure management, and a publications library

Are you new to Nutrient Management Planning? - Developed by the Tried and Tested partnership this guide provides a simple, easy to follow guide to constructing a nutrient management plan, and is good for those who are completely new to nutrient management planning

RB209- The fertiliser manual - Contains recommendations for the use of lime and major nutrients on most field grown crops including arable, grassland, field vegetables and fruit. Also provides details of content and supply of nutrients from a wide range of organic manures and provides a wide range of background information on nutrient management

PLANET for Farmers - Nutrient management software tools that are freely available for farmers to use. It allows for field level record keeping, recommendations allowing for organic manure nutrients, and nutrient application plans

MANNER - A decision support system that can be used to accurately predict the fertiliser Nitrogen of organic manures on a field specific basis

British Grassland Society - Information on nutrient management planning and results from the grassland society's demonstration farms. It also contains a decision making tool on silage making and how to improve the quality of the silage that you are making

Regulations

Silage: Making, storing, and effluent collection for silos - A factsheet developed by the Environment Agency detailing the regulations if you are planning to substantially alter your silage making or storage facilities or add new ones

Earth banked Slurry Stores and Tanks - Are you planning to alter your earth banked slurry store or tanks or install a new one. If so then this fact sheet will help you meet the requirements of the water resources regulations 2010

Soil Suitability and testing for earth lined slurry lagoons - Developed by the Environment Agency, this is a summary sheet outlining the necessary soil characteristics and test for constructing an unlined earth banked lagoon

Local Planning Authority - use this to find out your local planning contact, for guidance and advice on planning needs for construction of slurry storage

General Permitted Development Order - grants a general planing permission for a certain type of agricultural development

A farmers guide to the planning system - document setting out how the planning system works, and will help you decide if you need to put in a planning application and how to go about it

Fertiliser Value

RB209- The fertiliser manual - Contains recommendations for the use of lime and major nutrients on most field grown crops including arable, grassland, field vegetables and fruit. Also provides details of content and supply of nutrients from a wide range of organic manures and provides a wide range of background information on nutrient management

Legumes

A review of leguminous fertility building crops with particular reference to nitrogen fixation and utilisation. Cuttle, S. Shepherd, M & Goodlass, G. Written as part of Defra project OF0316, "The development of improved guidelines on the use of fertility building crops in organic farming"

As this is a large report is has been broken down below into chapters

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Fertility building crops in rotations
  • How much N is captured?
  • The influence of management
  • The use of models to estimate N fixation
  • Rotational aspects
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Managing Clover for better returns - developed by EBLEX. While feed and fertiliser prices remain high, having a dependable source of home grown protein such as clover in the fields, offers some protection from ever rising input costs

    Sort out your soil, a practical guide to green manures - this practical guide to green manures goes through the thought process behind including a green manure in your rotation, practical tips to help them fix the maximum amount of Nitrogen, as well as an in depth look at the different species and mixes available.

    Manure and Slurry management

    Think Manures - a guide to manure management. A practical guide developed by the Tried and Tested partnership to help understand the practicalities of handling, storing and applying manures and slurries on farm

    Making better use of livestock manures – A series of booklets produced by ADAS, IGER and Silsoe Research Institute, funded by Defra aimed at allowing farmers to make the best use of livestock manures on farm

  • Booklet 1 –Making better use of livestock manures on arable land
  • Booklet 2 – Making better use of livestock manures on grassland
  • Booklet 3(a) – Spreading systems for slurries and solid manures (part 1)
  • Booklet 3(b) – Spreading systems for slurries and solid manures (part 2)
  • Booklet 4 – Managing manures on organic farms
  • Dairy Co - Cost effective slurry storage strategies on dairy farms - allow you to calculate your current and future storage requirements, and highlights key issues for your farm

    NVZs and Slurry Storage

    Guidance for Farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones - Produced by Defra and the Environment Agency, this set of 9 leaflets provides in depth information on the requirements, dates, facts and figures that farmers in NVZs will need to comply with. Click on the leaflets below to download them

  • Leaflet 1- Summary of the guidance for farmers in NVZs
  • Leaflet 2 - Implementing the rules - scope, timing, and enforcement
  • Leaflet 3 - Standard values, manure sampling protocol and glossary
  • Leaflet 4 - Storage of organic manure
  • Leaflet 5 - The livestock manure N farm limit
  • Leaflet 5a -The derogated livestock manure N farm limit
  • Leaflet 6 - Planning nitrogen use
  • Leaflet 7 - The N max limit
  • Leaflet 8 - Field application of organic manures
  • Leaflet 9 - Field application of manufactured nitrogen fertiliser
  • The Environment Agency NVZ page - contains more information about NVZs and slurry storage, housing guidance leaflets and regulations for constructing slurry storage

    The Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) Regulations - SSAFO regs, that all new or substantially enlarged slurry stores will need to meet

    Guidance Note for farmers on SSAFO Regulations.

    NVZ questions and answers - Produced by the Environment Agency and Defra in 2011, this document answers questions ranging from general interest about NVZs and designations, through to limits, closed periods, planning Nitrogen use and record keeping

    NVZ fact sheet 1 - Slurry and Dirty Water - A fact sheet produced by the Environment Agency and Defra (updated Feb 2011) clarifying the difference between slurry and dirty water and the regulations concerning these

    NVZ factsheet 2 - Storage of Solid Manures - A fact sheet detailing the regulations concerning the storage of solid manure in NVZ areas

    NVZ factsheet 3 - Who is responsible for complying with the NVZ regulations? - A fact sheet detailing the issues around compliance and land ownership

    Dairy Co - Cost effective slurry storage strategies on dairy farms - allow you to calculate your current and future storage requirements, and highlights key issues for your farm

    Soil Suitability and testing for earth lined slurry lagoons - Developed by the Environment Agency, this is a summary sheet outlining the necessary soil characteristics and test for constructing an unlined earth banked lagoon

    Regulatory position on the use of waste clay soils to construct slurry lagoons - Developed by the Environment Agency

    Guidance on waste exemptions and how to register them - for constructing slurry lagoons, can be found on the Environemnt Agency website

    WATER

    Water Management

    The EU Water Framework Directive - This links to the European Commission's pages on the Water Framework Directive. The link describes the legislation, how it is to be implemented and what the UK is doing to meet the directive.

    Climate Change - Impacts on water for horticulture - Climate change threatens to reduce the reliability of water supplies for horticultural production. This guide describes how it might impact on irrigation water use and the range of adaptation options available to growers

    The hydrological summary for the United Kingdom - this site contains the statistics of rainfall across the UK.  A good place for data on soil moisture deficits and rainfall amounts

    Defra - protecting our water, soil and air - codes of good agricultural practices. A practical guide to help farmers, growers and land managers protect the environment in which they operate. It describes key actions to protect and enhance the quality of water, soil and air; cost savings that can be made through these actions, and how to meet your legal obligations including those related to cross compliance

    Principles and Practices for sustainable water management in Agriculture at a farm level- developed by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, this document provides a set of principles and practices for sustainable water management for the mainstream market and some crop specific ones. It aims to address key issues of water and irrigation management at an environmental, economic and social level

    The Effective use of Water on Dairy Farms - developed by Dairy Co this document provides information on how water is used on dairy farms, how to develop water reuse and discusses the details of looking at rainwater harvesting

    Testing the water EBLEX - this second phase of work looking at the English beef and sheep production environmental roadmap looks at where the beef and lamb sector is in terms of water use efficiency.

    Water management on Farms and Farmland - explores key points to help you use water more efficiently, along with planning management and different options for livestock watering in the field

    Waterwise on the farm - A simple guide to implementing a water management plan.  Developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with LEAF, the NFU and Defra, it covers water on the farm, how it flows, how to carry out a water audit, and water efficiency actions

    Combatting Floods - advice for farmers and landowners. This Environment Agency page allows you to find out how to reduce flood risk on your land

    Irrigation and Management

    Switching Irrigation Technologies - does switching from rainguns to booms, sprinklers or trickle systems, save water, energy and money - fact or fiction

    Save water and money - irrigate efficiently - A guide to improving irrigation efficiency that can help increase farm profits, assest abstractors to meet EA requirements for licence renewal and demonstrate sustainable use of resources for supermarket grower protocol

    Working together to protect water rights - guide to help you understand what a water abstraction group is, what it can do / achieve and how you how to go about setting up a group

    Thinking about building a reservoir? - a guide to planning, designing, constructing and comissioning a water storage reservoir, developed by the Environment Agency and Cranfield University

    A water management toolkit for Field Crop growers- gives practical advice to help monitor overall water use, advice on how to plan for the future and will show how savings can be made. Developed by Defra and ADAS.

    Irrigation best practice - water management for potatoes- this best practice guide addresses the key aspects of water and irrigation management appropriate to potato production. Developed by Defra and ADAS.

    Irrigation best practice - a guide for top and soft fruit growers - this best practice guide addresses key aspects of water and irrigation management that are appropriate to top and soft fruit production. Developed by Defra and ADAS.

    Irrigation best practice - a guide for field vegetable crops - this best practice guide addresses key aspects of water irrigation management appropriate to field veg production (excluding potatoes). Developed by Defra and ADAS.

    Borehole Installation

    The UK Groundwater Forum - Raises awareness of groundwater in general and tries to answer some basic questions including what is groundwater, why is it important, and how to use it

    UK Groundwater Forum - I want a borehole on my property what should I do?  Takes you through the initial steps when considering installing a borehole on site

    Geo reports - Borehole location, construction, testing and legal obligations - guidance booklet for businesses considering borehole construction

    Water Supply, Borehole Construction and headworks - developed by the Environment Agency, this is a guide to good practice, and takes you through the legal obligations, what permissions are needed and how to go about constructing a borehole on farm

    Searching for groundwater - developed by the Environment Agency, this explains drilling, test pumping, consents and the next steps to take if you find acceptable levels of groundwater

    Abstracting water - a guide to getting your licence - developed by the Environment Agency, this explains abstraction licences, why they are necessary and how to apply for one

    British Geological Survey - Borehole prognosis report - this is an example report that would occur if you had to commission one on your property

    Guidance on the design and installation of groundwater quality monitoring points - developed by the Environment Agency

    The Well Drillers Association - includes companies and individuals engaged in well construction, test pumping, maintenance, and rehabilitation

    Micro Hydro

    British Hydropower association - The BHA promotes the hydropower industry in the UK and abroad and aims to increase the awareness of its quality and scope in the wider world. It also produces a guide on small scale hydro. This guide is designed to assist anyone in the UK who is planning to develop a small-scale hydro-electric scheme. It has been prepared by the British Hydropower Association in order to support and encourage new developments in this sector

    Rainwater harvesting

    Rainwater Harvesting an on farm guide - developed by the Environment Agency, this guide details appropriate rainwater harvesting systems available to the industry. Describes the materials needed, calculations on potential water saved and case studies from practical examples

    GENERAL

    Project Partners

    The Soil Association - Farming for the Future section contains information, technical guides, case studies and funding options for waste minimisation, water efficiency, and energy efficiency, with a particular emphasis on organic farming and its potential to combat climate change

    Campden BRI - Science, technology and information for the food, drink, and allied industries worldwide.  Campden BRI are working with the Soil Association delivering the Moving towards low Carbon Farming Project

    The British Grassland Society - A membership organisation that acts as a communication forum through events and publications for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage.  The BGS is hosting the project Nutrient Wise Demos under the SWARM hub

    North Wyke - Research programme includes bio energy, soils, water, air, ammonia and phosphorus, and integrating water and agricultural management

    The University of Plymouth - part of the PPRE partnership working towards providing academic content to the website

    The University of Exeter - part of the PPRE partnership, working towards providing academic content to the website

    The Environment Agency - This website contains links to all the legislative information needed for soils, waste, nutrient management and waste on farm.  Also there is a lot of information on soils and NVZs with fact sheets on slurry and dirty water, as well as examples of best farming practice and resource efficiency in livestock systems.  The Environment Agency is a partner in the Soils for Profit Project

    Natural England - The delivery partner of the Soils for Profit Project, delivering free on farm practical advice on soils, manures and nutrients

    Rural Focus - The delivery partner for the Resource Efficiency for Farmers project, delivering free on farm practical advice on energy, water and inorganic waste

    Other useful sources

    Campaign for the Farmerd Environment Information for Livestock Farmers - these new leaflets (2014) provide up to date conservation management advice for your livestock business.

    Campaign for the Farmerd Environment Information for Arable Farmers - othese new leaflets (2014) provide up to date conservation management advice for your arable business.

    Catchment Sensitive Farming - delivers practical solutions and targeted support to enable farmers and land managers to take voluntary action to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture to protect water bodies and the environment

    National Farmers Union - Information and articles on a range of topics including what climate change will mean for farmers, NVZs, renewable energy, water, wildlife and the agric - environment

    Farming Futures - Contains factsheets on different aspects of land management and resource efficiency broken down by sector as well as interactive blogs by industry experts on upcoming events, news and visits.  This website also has a section where the science behind some of the principles of environmentally sustainable farming are explained

    Linking Environment and Farming - The integrated farm management section houses a good database of news, publications and research reports

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