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AHDB Pork Blog

Environment and Buildings team leading the way by Susan Rabbich

undefinedBeing proactive and keeping ahead of the game is one of our mottos in the Environment and Buildings team (apart from eating more pork, of course!).

That’s why we have been running a series of workshops around the country in conjunction with the Environment Agency (EA) to help producers understand the new changes to the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) that came into force recently.

We have enjoyed being out and about, meeting both familiar and new faces, and have been impressed with the overall ‘let’s get on with it then’ attitude, which suggests a hardy, resilient bunch of producers and reflects the sector, which over the years has seen its ups and downs.

Most producers have been pleased to understand more about the implications of the changes and to have advance warning of the review of permitted sites, which the EA will be conducting shortly.

It is evident that the EA officers have good relationships with their local farmers and the Environment and Buildings team does its best to foster this relationship by working with the EA at a strategic level, to help them understand the implications of some of their decisions.

Local officers have been surprised by how much support AHDB Pork offers producers who need to apply for a permit; templates for all the supporting documentation are available on our website and we also run on-farm training courses to help staff on permitted units understand their responsibilities.

The recent changes are important to comprehend and if you have not managed to make one of our events, you still have the chance to catch up with it all and, more importantly, to ask questions during a webinar which will take place on Monday 27 November between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. You can register at

Otherwise, feel free to email us or visit our website

By AHDB Pork at 20 Nov 2017, 14:37 PM


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