Tag: Digestate

Defra farming consultation: comment on our draft response

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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is consulting on the support for farmers following the end of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). ADBA is responding to the consultation, Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit, details of which you…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, Defra, on farm ad, future of on farm ad, common agricultural policy cap, crop rotation, digestate, air quality, ammonia emissions, GHG emissions, agricultural feedstocks, Future Biogas, thom koller

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MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: Reduce digestate volumes with HRS

At UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018 stand D603, HRS Heat Exchangers will showcase its novel Digestate Concentration System (DCS), which increases the dry solid content of digestate three-or four-fold, typically to between 10-20 per cent.

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Tags: member's press release, digestate, anaerobic digestion

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New Defra rules for farmers have taken effect

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New requirements for farmers, which relate to the use of manures and fertilisers and are intended to prevent water pollution, have now taken effect. As we reported in February, Defra has published guidance to explain the new rules, which now apply to farmers in England. The rules arise…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, agricultural, Farmers, digestate

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Defra farming consultation: public money for public goods

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As we reported at the end of February, Defra is consulting on the future support for farmers, Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit. You can read our summary of the consultation proposals here.   Consultation questions on public money for public…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, crop operators, Defra, CAP, consultation, common agricultural policy cap, on farm ad, future of on farm ad, soil quality, 25 year environment plan, digestate, thom koller

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ADBA visits Northern Ireland farmers

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On the kind invitation of Morton's, agricultural suppliers since the company was founded in 1856, last week I visited Northern Ireland to meet with AD operators, farmers and agronomists. Morton's supply much of Northern Ireland's agricultural AD plants with the seed they need to grow grass, rye, maize…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, Defra, consultation, Northern Ireland, morton's, KWS, silage additive, silage clamps, energy crops, financial incentives, digestate, thom koller

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AD and post-CAP support for farmers

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Defra has today launched a consultation, Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit, what it calls a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape future farming policy". You can read the Defra press release here and download the consultation documents here. The consultation will…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, Defra, common agriculture policy, CAP, on farm ad, soil quality, 25 year environment plan, digestate, thom koller

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Reminder – Countryside Productivity Small Grants open for applications

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The Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. The scheme is currently open to applications, with the application window running from 7 February to 14 March. Applications must be made by a farmer and is only open to farmers…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, digestate, Farmers, on-farm, crops

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Industry groups meet with the Environment Agency at Biowaste Regulatory Forum

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Today, I represented ADBA at a meeting of the Biowaste Regulatory Forum. The meeting was chaired by the Environment Agency (EA), and included the NFU, CIWM, ESA and others. The meeting is a platform for discussion between industry groups and the EA’s leads on biowaste and land spreading,…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, food waste operators, crop operators, BREF, digestate, compliance, regulation, Environment Agency

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ADBA on Farming Sunday TV programme

Last year ADBA's Policy Manager Thom Koller spoke at a farming event hosted by crop breeder and ADBA member KWS UK. The event was covered by Farming Sunday, a half-hour TV magazine programme for farmers and agribusiness, broadcast on Sky Digital channel 253. The programme claims a UK…

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Tags: thom koller, anaerobic digestion, farming, soils, crops, digestate

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Focus on Soil Health in 25 Year Plan for Nature

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Theresa May has launched DEFRA’s long-awaited 25 Year Plan for Nature, a comprehensive assessment of  what steps the Government will take in order to safeguard our land, water and air for future generations. While the main headline focus has been on plastics reduction, the strategy contains important ambitions…

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Defra focuses on ammonia emissions reduction from agriculture and AD

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In the last couple of months, ADBA has attended two meetings with Defra’s Air Quality team, designed to bring stakeholders together to consider how to achieve ammonia emissions reductions from agricultural sources and from AD/digestate activities. This blog summarises the discussions so far. Why is the reduction…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, ammonia emissions, digestate, digestate spreading, digestate storage

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SEPA publishes findings of research project on plastic in food waste derived digestate

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has recently published the findings of a research project investigating plastic in digestate derived from food waste. For context, SEPA is aligning the physical contaminant limits in its ‘end of waste position’ for digestate with the limits in the Quality Meat Scotland…

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Tags: anaerobic digestion, biogas, SEPA, Scotland, digestate, plastic, PAS110, End of waste, research

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Is algal technology the future of AD?

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Last week I attended a workshop run by a consortium of Welsh universities on developing circular economy solutions to reduce agricultural nitrate pollution and develop feed products. The workshop focused on how combining AD-derived digestate with algal technologies has the potential to reduce nutrient pollution (which primarily derives from agriculture)…

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Tags: research and innovation, chris noyce, algae, anaerobic digestion, nutrient pollution, digestate

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ADBA Party Conference Roundup

At the time of writing, Charlotte Morton and I have just returned from attending the main political party conferences. The gatherings are a chance for party members to catch up, Ministers to preen themselves on the main stage and most importantly, for policy debates to happen both in and out…

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Hear about the Environment Agency’s review of charges at Regulatory Forum

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The Environment Agency (EA) will be reviewing their charging scheme in October 2017, in a bid to more fully recover the costs of the regulatory activities it undertakes. Currently, there is a big deficit between the income they receive from permitting fees and the costs of their activities. This creates an…

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