A major initiative to tackle farming’s contribution to climate
change is being launched by industry leaders at the Oxford Farming
Forming a united stance against the serious threat that climate
change poses to agricultural production, the NFU, AIC and CLA are
joining forces to promote ownership, understanding and change to
minimise greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
The task force will identify adaptations as well as opportunities
the industry can take to reduce its carbon footprint as well as
continuing to produce a plentiful supply of high quality food.
NFU President Peter Kendall will be unveiling the project to industry
leaders during the conference on January 3. He said: “Climate
change is one of the biggest challenges facing farmers and society
as a whole and it is important we work across all sectors and with
other industry leaders to promote change from within.
“The farming community is more than ready to demonstrate
responsibility and change where needed to tackle the challenges
of climate change to ensure we remain economically and environmentally
1. Jointly chaired by the NFU, AIC and CLA, the task force will
be a six-month study reviewing the climate change evidence and
its impacts on farmers and growers, gathered so far. On completion
the study group will agree a joint-industry plan focussing on adaptation
2. The task force will complement the work of Defra’s Rural
Climate Change Forum by focusing on industry’s delivery actions
and supporting understanding and awareness at a high level.
3. Peter Kendall’s speech will also highlight ongoing work
by the industry to promote professional nutrient management both
to support our climate change work and other environmental objectives.
4. Working with AIC, CLA, FWAG and LEAF on nutrient management
work, the NFU is aiming to:
• Improve farmers’ use and recovery of nutrients from
animal manures, slurries and fertilisers in combination.
• Review and recommend effective manure management practices
• Promote nutrient management planning and
• Promote training, certification and CPD in spreading and
use of fertilisers and manures
NFU Report makes the case for 21st century farming
Climate Change Brings Daffodils For Christmas
Questions Whether It's Worth Applying for Tir Gofal