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On-farm AD


understand the process biology; engage with the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, and emergency services to discuss site-specific risks; and ensure that only trained and competent people are allowed to feed and operate the plant. The risks of not doing so are not just operational failure, a loss of income, and damage to the reputation of the farm and the AD industry as a whole – it could cost somebody their life.”


Good advice With so much to consider, it is imperative to take professional advice before embarking on any AD project. “It’s a big step – but potentially a valuable one – when a farmer looks to diversify into AD,” says Bruce Nelson, Director of Compass Renewables, ADBA’s financial arm. “The key is to get good advice early on. A free initial discussion with an advisor through ADBA’s Farmers’ Consultancy Service to establish the technical feasibility and, simultaneously, with ADBA’s financial advisor, also free, is a great start. A positive approach from these areas will allow the farmer to progress with a more informed approach.” The final word goes to Worth Farms’ Duncan Worth, who concludes: “AD is hard work and not for the faint-hearted. It won’t suit every farm business, but where it works, there is real benefit.”


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Successful AD operations are run with safety as the number one priority GET INVOLVED


• To find out if AD is right for your faming business contact ADBA’s free Farmers’ Consultancy Service: http://bit.ly/1Hs9Lik


• We are running free Farmers’ Breakfast Briefings from 8.30-11am on both days of UK AD & Biogas 2015 (1-2 July, NEC Birmingham) – see adbioresources.org for more info.


• To download a copy of the Practical Guide to AD or our Crop Best Practice guidance, go to adbioresources.org


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