Understanding new rules on spreading slurry and dirty water
New rules on spreading manure, slurry, digestate, inorganic fertilisers and other forms of “agricultural pollutants” came into effect early in April. The Farming Rules for Water fulfil the UK’s obligations on diffuse pollution under the EU’s Water Framework Directive. They set out “reasonable precautions” to prevent runoff, soil erosion and pollution of water courses. The new rules have the force of law and are part of a bigger 25 year environment plan. We believe farmers who already adopt best practice have little to fear from the new regulations. Forward planning, sensible risk assessment, following guidelines on when and where to irrigate and regular monitoring are all that is required. Our equipment has always been designed to help minimize risk. However, we asked defra to provide clar...