On the 30th March 2022, new statutory guidance was published supporting the Farming Rules for Water changes which are enforced by the Environment Agency on behalf of DEFRA.
A cross industry stakeholder group has been brought together (including NFFN) to discuss amendments to these rules to reduce and prevent diffuse water pollution from agricultural sources. The most recent review has encompassed reviews of the application rates and timings and storage of organic and inorganic fertlisers.
These new sections of the regulations came in at the end of March 2022 for the Environment Agency to act upon. A more farmer orientated and version is currently being written but the full Government update can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/
government/publications/ applying-the-farming-rules- for-water/applying-the- farming-rules-for-water