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UK Irrigation Association spring conference
Thursday 5 March 2020 at Orton Hall in Peterborough
Can agriculture get a fair share of our nation’s water resources?
Or are we seeing the gradual demise of irrigated farming?
Regulatory changes continue at pace for agricultural abstractors.
Defra and the Environment Agency continue to seek ways to improve
future water resources management for all but the question we continue to ask is,
given the profound expected changes — Can agriculture expect a fair share of the national resource?
How will agriculture fit into the new National Water Framework to be published in January 2020?
How does abstraction fit within the new catchment management strategy as managed by the Rivers Trust?
Irrigated agriculture still does not have a strategy - do we need one?
Droughts are never far away. Should we stop blaming climate change? Asks Mike Muller (guest speaker)
Are we eating ourselves out of water? Asks Tim Hess
A full programme of top-class speakers
Stuart Roberts NFU (TBC), Paul Hickey Environment Agency, Barry Bendall The Rivers Trust,
Lindsay Hargreaves Farmer, Jamie Hannaford CEH, Jerry Knox and Tim Hess Cranfield University
International guest: Mike Muller from South Africa
For full programme and registration go to
Opportunities for exhibitors call Ruth 01427 717627
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The BAWAG committee had a meeting on the 7/6/18 and have decided to raise some more funds to help the licence holders in the Ant, Bure and Thurne Catchments.
These time limited licence holders have had their licences extended until September'18. The funds collected may be needed to fund a potential Appeal process as it effects so many businesses the committee feel this is the right thing to do.
In the meantime the committee will be sending out a questionnaire to all members to update the records and comply with data protection guidelines. If you are one of the 45 licence holders renewing your licence in Ant, Bure or Thune catchment please respond to this questionnaire quickly. Thanks.

Entry added: 08 Jun 2018
The Enviroment Agency Q&A information Sheet can now be downloaded from the Enviroment Agency Tab on the left.
Entry added: 03 May 2018
New articles on Abstraction Reform in the Bure, Ant and Thurne are available on the BAM page on the left and can also here:

and here:
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At Today's AGM at Honingham Thorpe Anthony Seaman was elected as the new Chairman and thanks were given to Jamie Lockhart for all his hard work over the years. William Sands was elected as Vice Chairman and Nick Deane remains Treasurer. Interesting presentations were given by Neil Punchard of the Broadland Catchment Partnership and John Patrick from ESWAG on the Deben Water Transfer Project.
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The BAWAG Committee has had a number of meetings about the Bure, Ant & Muckfleet catchment and information can now be found under the new tab on the left underneath the Abstraction Reform tab.
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The latest BAWAG Newsletter and the Environment Agency Briefing for the Ant, Bure and Thurne are available to download in the Newsletter section on the left.
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The latest newsletter and GW maps are available in the tab on the left!
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Shaping a new agricultural policy for Irrigators.
A discussion event for NFU members who use water to produce food or who let land with access to water.
Speakers: Jerry Knox (Cranfield)
Steve moncaster (Anglia Water)
Paul Hammett (NFU) Guy Smith (NFU)
Friday 8 December 2017 11am - 2pm at the NFU Regional Office Newmarket. Please book your place with the Regional office on 01638672100 or
Please see the flyer in the Newsletter section.
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An opportunity to share your views on water efficiency and resilience in field vegetable cropping-----------------
Cranfield University are leading an international project with partners from South Africa, the UEA, Oxford and NIAB-EMR to identify ways to make the UK’s fresh fruit and vegetable system more resilient to water-related risks. They have mapped water scarcity ‘hotspots’ in the UK’s fresh fruit and vegetable supply (including imports and domestic produce), revealing the great advantage of consuming domestically grown produce in terms of reducing our national water scarcity footprint. This will have important implications for supporting access to water for irrigated production in Eastern England. Their research is now seeking to interview a small number of growers involved in potato and field vegetable production in the region to hear their views on how water management could be improved through adoption of new technologies or management practices and how strategies for increasing water efficiency are impacting on the resilience of their own farming business. If you are interested in learning more about the project or would be happy to participate in a short informal interview, please get in touch with Dr Chloe Sutcliffe at Any support for this will be much appreciated and will feed into the water strategy being developed for the Anglian region.
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