Farm to Tap
Welcome to Farm to Tap, our scheme that focuses on working with farmers to help mitigate the impact from pesticides and other run off from agricultural land on water quality. We work together with a 4000 strong network of farmers across our region to keep pesticides out of drinking water, and to avoid using expensive and carbon intensive chemical treatments. Last year 840 farmers joined the scheme, and we had our best ever year of results – so a big thank you. This year, as we move towards the withdrawal, to reflect that many farmers have already decided to switch to ferric phosphate and other methods of slug control, we have reduced our reward payments. New details of this year’s reward are detailed below.
Are you eligible to join?
To join the scheme, you need to meet the below criteria:
- You are growing winter wheat and/or oil seed rape this autumn.
- Your winter wheat and/or oilseed rape is in one of our priority catchments:
- Lower Derwent**
- Middle Severn
- Whitacre Bourne and Blythe
- Shropshire Middle Severn
- Worcestershire Severn
- Staunton Harold**
** If your land is located in Lower Derwent or Staunton Harold, this scheme is not available in your catchment area - we offer a variation, please contact your agricultural advisor for further details, and they will discuss the options available in your area.
Interested in signing up? Request a call back from your local agricultural advisor
Update on the withdrawal of metaldehyde for outdoor use
We know many farmers were disappointed by the recentannouncement by Defra to withdrawmetaldehyde for outdoor use.
At Severn Trent our schemes were actively developed to help prevent metaldehyde finding its way into rawwater and subsequently into water treatment works. However, the decision to prohibit the use of metaldehyde follows advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticidesand the Health and Safety Executive that metaldehyde poses an unacceptable risk to birds and small mammals.
In light of this, the outdoor use of metaldehyde will be phased out over 18 months to give growers time toadjust to other methods of slug control.
It will be legal to sell and distribute metaldehyde products for outdoor use until the 19 June 2019, with the disposal, storage and use of existing stocks permissible up to 19 June 2020. This means wewill run our Farm To Tap scheme formetaldehyde in 2019. After metaldehyde is banned, the opportunity to receive funding for reduced metaldehyde levels in your nearby watercourses will end.
We encourage you to sign up again in 2019 to make the most of this opportunity.
Beyond 2019 the Farm To Tap scheme will evolve to support farmers in a different area of water stewardship.