Consultation on Diffuse Pollution from Agriculture

Defra has launched a consultation on a small number of new basic rules for farmers in England to help tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture and is interested in your views on these proposals. 

The consultation runs for 8 weeks, from 30 September to 24 November 2015 so please respond byTuesday 24 November. 

The proposed rules aim to improve the efficiency of farms, protect the water environment and to support competitive agriculture. 

Farming naturally impacts on the water environment and many farmers already take action to reduce this impact, perhaps as a result of advice or incentives such as Countryside Stewardship or through industry-led or water company action. The new rules will provide a new baseline for industry practice which will increase overall competiveness and efficiency and improve the environment by reducing pollution from agriculture.   

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