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New rules to prevent water pollution

The Government introduced new farming rules for water, which have been enforceable by the Environment Agency since April 2018.

These rules standardise good farm practices that many farmers are already performing, and offer a new approach to regulation, to help protect against water pollution.

They require farmers to keep soil on the land, match nutrients to crop and soil needs, and keep livestock fertilisers and manures out of the water. Farmers can decide what approach is best for their land, such as deciding when it is safe to spread fertilisers.

This is not just beneficial for the environment. By taking the time to check soil quality and planning fertiliser use efficiently, farmers may save money by using only what they need.

Find out how these rules apply to you by reading the guidance online:

Source: DEFRA

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