New practical workshops to help UK farmers prevent nitrate pollution

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Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) workshops and farm walks that provide hands-on help for farmers and land managers are now taking bookings across the East Midlands.

Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) workshops and farm walks that provide hands-on help for farmers and land managers are now taking bookings across the East Midlands.

Following the extremely popular national NVZ seminars that ran between November and January, the upcoming workshops – developed in conjunction with the National Farmers Union, Natural England and the Country Land & Business Association – are supplementary to the DEFRA and Green Futures meetings and will provide more practical advice tailored to the most prominent type of farming in the East Midlands region.

Environment Agency, Head of Environment Protection Policy and Regulation, Ed Mitchell, said: “The national seminars that provided generic NVZ advice to farmers have almost finished their run, but many of the new regional workshops will be far more tailored to the specific needs of a region, whether that be dairy farming, beef, arable or pig and poultry.

“These workshops will help farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones to employ the best practices to reduce the impact of fertilisers on our waterbodies.”

Workshops will cover the key points in the new NVZ Regulations: including definitions of dirty water, slurry and farmyard manure – reduce and optimise use; the pros and cons of different slurry storage systems and costs; how to calculate storage requirements; record keeping; manure and nutrient management plans; how to minimise the financial impact; and sources of support, advice and funding.

But certain workshops will be more focused on the specific needs of farmers in areas where the predominance may be dairy, arable, pig & poultry or horticulture.

Mr Mitchell said: “We understand that farmers may be uncertain how to apply some of these NVZ measures so hopefully these bespoke workshops will provide the help they need.”

For more information on workshops on your region go to: NVZ regional workshops on the Natural England website.

But if you can’t get along to a workshop, the NVZ Technical Helpline has a team of technical specialists on hand to give you free and confidential information about farming in NVZs.

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