We want to allow members to be the spokespersons for water quality and arm them with the relevant facts that can counteract any negative press in their local area.
When you are talking to your local press or schools, use this bank of resources to get the key facts across.
Nutrient inputs from manure have decreased
26% less manure nutrients since 1990 Nutrients are used more efficiently Soil N balances reduced by 36% since 1990 Soil P balances reduced by 52% since 1990
Pesticide use is highly targeted
2 million hectares of farmed land covered by Integrated Pest Management plans Pesticide stewardship is highly professional 20,000 pesticide users undertaking Continuing Professional Development with the National Register of Sprayer Operators 16,000 sprayers and application equipment undergo National Sprayer Testing Scheme tests
CFE’s role in water quality
Since 2014 around 7,000 farmers have engaged in soil & water protection through CFE co-ordinators and events A recent CFE survey found: three-quarters of farmers have made changes to improve soil health and reduce runoff • 81% have buffer strips next to watercourses • 40% of respondents voluntarily utilise cover crops • 36% have fenced watercourses or ponds.
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Water quality is an essential factor for maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment.
While agriculture plays a significant role in impacting water quality, efforts have been made in recent years by farmers and land managers to implement a range of best practices to reduce its impact on water quality.
These efforts include reducing the use of fertilisers and other chemicals, targeted pesticide applications, nutrient management plans, improving farm infrastructure, and promoting catchment-sensitive farming.
Our infographic looks at the improvements made by agriculture to reduce the impact on water quality.