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CFE supports farmers on their journey to net zero agriculture

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2020 was a year of increased focus on the climate crisis and the need for action to mitigate climate change across all emitting industries, including the farming industry. To support farmers in helping to tackle this challenge, Championing the Farmed Environment and its partners across the agricultural and environmental sectors have launched a new Climate Change Mitigation theme to offer guidance and resources for on-farm action.

collage showing trees, soil, farm buildings, cattle and solar panels (Championing the Farmed Environment)
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The NFU, a leading CFE partner, has set the ambitious goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole of agriculture in England and Wales by 2040, as their contribution to the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2050.

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Other key partners, such as the CLA and Defra, are also supporting farmers and land managers to adapt their land management practices to reduce emissions and store and sequester carbon. CFE has brought together expertise from a range of organisation to produce straight-forward, accessible advice and guidance aimed at helping their audience make the first steps towards net zero agriculture.

As Covid19 restrictions prevented our usual on-the-ground events and engagement with farming audiences, CFE took activity online. Live webinars, recorded and published at CFEonline and on the new CFE YouTube channel, includes topics such as ‘An Introduction to Farm Carbon Calculators’Climate Resilient Farming’ and ‘Trees, Carbon & Climate Change’.

New ‘Action’ pages provide an ‘aim – actions – results’ introduction to key topics for climate change mitigation on farm, including:

Productivity and Efficiency - Feed Efficiency for Cattle

Productivity and Efficiency – Nutrient Use Efficiency

Productivity and Efficiency – Farm Building Efficiency

Young Farmers Club Climate Challenge Fund infographic

Carbon Storage and Sequestration - Hedgerows

Carbon Storage and Sequestration – Soils

Carbon Storage and Sequestration – Trees, Woodland and Forestry

Renewable Energy on Farm - Solar

CFE have also collaborated with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs in launching their Climate Change challenge to engage the next generation of farmers in leading the way on climate-smart agriculture.

More ‘Action’ pages, free online events, podcasts and links to partner work are due to be launched in early 2021 and you can keep up-to-date with CFE news by subscribing to the monthly e-newsletter at www.cfeonline.org.uk/contact-us/newsletter-sign-up.

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