Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant Scheme

Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant Scheme

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant Scheme opened on 1 December 2016. Beef and/or dairy farmers can apply for grants for slurry store covers to help reduce ammonia emissions and protect stores from rainwater. Applicants will receive a free one-to-one on-farm advice visit to help them find the best ammonia reduction measures for their businesses and should submit their applications by 31 January 2017.

Further information is available on GOV.UK

 Summary of further information

A new Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant scheme was launched on 1st December which aims to reduce ammonia emissions from farms. Ammonia is a key air pollutant which impacts both health and the environment.

 The scheme will be open for applications from all farmers in England with dairy and beef enterprises until 31 January 2017 and grants will be paid by 30 September 2017. The scheme is being funded through an EU exceptional adjustment aid (under Pillar 1) which was allocated to every Member State to support livestock farmers in response to ongoing market difficulties.  Note the scheme will not be geographically targeted within England. 

 The scheme will offer advice on reducing ammonia emissions around the farm and a grant to offset the cost slurry store covers. Two types of slurry store cover will be available, as are under Countryside Stewardship: floating and self-supporting but at 100% funding.

 The application process will be as follows:

  • Farmer/agent downloads form, completes and returns to Natural England Technical Services team in Nottingham.
  • The application window is 1st December 2016 to 31st January 2017.
  • Following application checks, the names of each applicant will be passed to a contractor.
  • The contractor will arrange a visit to assess the slurry storage facilities and their suitability for a cover and provide wider advice about reducing ammonia emissions.
  • If the facilities are suitable the grant will be confirmed.
  • The farmer will organise the cover to be fitted then claim (by 31st July).
  • Claims will be paid by 30th September.

 If the scheme is over-subscribed grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

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