Waterwise on the Farm (Version 2)

5.  Partnership organisations

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Defra's main purpose is to improve the current and future quality of life. For the first time, one department has brought together the interests of farmers and the countryside, the environment and the rural economy, the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Defra is responsible for all aspects of water policy in England. To tackle the specific problem of diffuse water pollution from agriculture, Defra has set up the Catchment Sensitive Farming Programme, which includes a voluntary Delivery Initiative. For more information on the CSF Programme or any other water related policies, please visit www.defra.gov.uk/farm/environment/water/csf

The environment/farming is a devolved issue, therefore for more information on related policy outside England, please visit www.scotland.gov.uk; www.dardni.gov.uk (Northern Ireland), www.wales.gov.uk.

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is a statutory organisation whose role it is to manage water resources in England and Wales. The Environment Agency’s vision for the next 25 years is: ‘abstraction of water that is environmentally and economically sustainable, providing the right amount of water for people, agriculture, commerce and industry, and an improved water-related environment’.

For further information on water efficiency, contact the Water Demand Management team via email savewater@environment-agency.gov.uk or telephone 01903 832275, or consult www.environment-agency.gov.uk/savewater 

For further information on Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies (CAMS), abstraction licences or any other aspect of the Environment Agency’s work, contact the Environment Agency general enquiry line by telephone 08708 506506 or consult www.environment-agency.gov.uk/cams.

Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF)

LEAF is a membership charity helping farmers improve their environment and business performance and focusing on creating a better public understanding of farming through a nationwide network of demonstration farms. LEAF is committed to a viable agriculture, which is environmentally and socially acceptable and ensures the continuity of supply of wholesome, affordable food while conserving and enhancing the fabric and wildlife of the British countryside for future generations.

LEAF’s vision for the future is of a sustainable system of agriculture, which meets the economic needs of farmers, addresses the concerns of consumers and minimises any impact on the environment. This can be achieved by adopting Integrated Farm Management (IFM), which provides a common-sense and realistic way forward for farmers and land managers.

The LEAF Marque gives LEAF farmers recognition in the marketplace and consumers the choice to buy affordable food produced by farmers who are committed to improving the environment for the benefit of wildlife and the countryside.

Contact LEAF by telephone 02476 413911 or email enquiries@leafuk.org or consult www.leafuk.org.

National Farmers’ Union (NFU)

The NFU is the largest, democratic organisation providing professional representation to around three quarters of full-time farmers and growers in England and Wales. Its key objective is to promote the interests of those farming businesses producing high quality food and drink for customers and markets both at home and abroad.

It stands to promote the importance of British agriculture and horticulture in the context and circumstances of the 21st century. Central to this objective is its encouragement of social, environmental and welfare-conscious farming practices and a desire to ensure the long-term survival of viable rural communities.

The NFU is at the forefront of agricultural and environmental policy and takes a close interest in the whole range of rural affairs, working with politicians and officials, both in the UK and internationally, as well as other groups and organisations to advance rural interests. It has particularly close links with consumer groups, countryside and wildlife bodies, animal welfare organisations and academics.

For more information, contact NFU on 024 7685 8500 or log on to www.nfuonline.com For the Welsh head office, call 01982 554200 or log on to http://www.nfu-cymru.org.uk.

Other organisations

Country Landowners and Business Association (CLA)
The CLA represents and supports business in rural communities. Its members represent the breadth of the rural economy of England and Wales. The CLA can provide information and advice on all areas of water use, including water abstraction and irrigation, general on-farm water use, reservoirs, ponds and lakes. For more information, consult www.cla.org.uk or telephone 020 7235 0511

Envirowise offers UK businesses free, independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimise waste and reduce environmental impact. Even though Envirowise's remit does not cover agriculture as such, many of the activities associated with washing, processing and running a water efficient office are covered in useful publications and leaflets which are available on www.envirowise.gov.uk/water or on 0800 585794

Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG)
FWAG provides farmers and landowners with practical advice to support wildlife, landscape, archaeology, access and other conservation issues. For more information, consult www.fwag.org.uk.

Farm Energy Centre (FEC)
The FEC provides advice to farmers on all issues concerning energy conservation. For more information, consult www.farmenergy.com or telephone 02476 696512.

Local water company
Your local water compay may be able to help you with water efficiency issues. See your water bill or Yellow Pages for contact details.

National Farmers’ Union of Scotland (NFUS)
The NFUS promotes and protects the interests of the Scottish farming industry. It influences Government in Scotland, Whitehall and Brussels, and it helps its members to meet the needs of their customers, consumers and the environment. For more information, consult www.nfus.org.uk or telephone 0131 4724000.

UK Irrigation Association
UKIA provides up-to-date information on irrigation to its members and has been a voice supporting irrigation since it was set up following the droughts in the mid 1970s. UKIA is not a trade association; it runs for the benefit of its individual members and promotes all aspects of irrigation by providing information and helping to improve knowledge and competence in irrigation design, installation and management. For more information, consult www.ukia.org.

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU)
The UFU is the democratic voluntary organisation representing farmers and growers in Northern Ireland. Its main objective is to promote their interests both at home and abroad through professional lobbying. For more information, consult www.ufuni.org or telephone 028 90 370222.

Water Service Northern Ireland
For water resources issues in Northern Ireland, please contactWater Service Northern Ireland who are responsible for delivering water and sewerage services. For more information, consult www.waterni.gov.uk.

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