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For once, a cloud with a shiny silver lining for farmers

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First, the bad news: Information released by DEFRA on 15th February 2018 draws attention to rising ammonia emissions and their detrimental impact on human health, ecosystems and farming. The announcement said, “Emissions from agriculture accounted for 88% of total ammonia emissions in 2016 and are the main driver for the emissions increase observed in the last three reported years. The increase is agricultural emissions over this period is mainly due to the manure management of larger dairy herds and an increase from spreading of fertilisers.” The silver lining for farmers Unusually, this problem conceals a valuable silver lining for livestock farmers, made up of… Lower fertiliser use and cost, while growing as much or more higher-quality grass, a predicted 27% reduction in ammonia emissions from cattle farms, and improved soil health, higher soil organic matter, and healthier crops. Pioneer farmers like James Rogerson and the Hall family in Lancashire have reported up to a 50% reduct…