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Farming, livestock and land management
Defra launched the Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant (FARG) scheme on the 1st December, the deadline for applications is 31st January 2017. The scheme is available to dairy and/or beef farmers with slurry storage and is offering grants of 100% of Countryside Stewardship Standard costs.
The scheme includes two capital items:
Full details of the prescriptions can be found here.
Existing stores are required to comply with the Storing Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil (SSAFO) Regulations 2010. Stores built before March 1991 are exempt however substantial changes such as the installation of covers may remove the exemption. The SSAFO regulations set out the requirements for design of storage such as locating stores more than 10m from water or 50m from a water supply and the British Standard requirements for construction. If not already registered with the Environment Agency your store will be registered with them as part of the application process.
Applications must be submitted before the 31st January 2017, once applications have been processed a farm adviser will visit to make an assessment of your slurry storage facilities and help identify the most appropriate cover. They will also carry out a wider assessment of your slurry handling, spreading and provide advice on reducing ammonia emissions.
Full details of the scheme and application forms are available here.
If you have any questions regarding the scheme and whether your store might be eligible please contact Adam Lockyear, FWAG SouthWest on 01823 660684, 07711811980 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exmoor National Park Authority and South West Water are offering grants of up to £4,000 for projects that will benefit water quality in the upper reaches of the River Exe catchment. A total of £250,000 is available in grant funding from the two organisations between now and 2020 as part of the Headwaters of the Exe project.
Through the Project, funding is available for work that will improve water quality in the catchment, such as improvements in yard infrastructure or the provision of alternative water supplies to enable farmers to keep livestock away from watercourses at key times of year. For instance, £37.20 is available per square metre for covering manure stores, £16.28 is available per square metre for renewed concrete yards, or £66.00 is available for each new livestock drinking trough. Bea Davis, Headwaters of the Exe project manager said: “Grants are available to all those who receive advisory visits through the Headwaters of the Exe project.
If you are interested in receiving a visit and a grant please contact Adam Lockyear, lead farm advisor for the Headwaters of the Exe project, on email@example.com or 01823 660684.”The Headwaters of the Exe project is funded by South West Water and Exmoor National Park Authority, working in partnership with organisations including the Exmoor Hill Farming Network and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West. The project forms part of South West Water’s innovative Upstream Thinking programme.
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