Developing your farm environment plan.

THE PROCESS

 A farm environment plan (FEP) is a tool that can help you identify on-farm environmental risks and set out a programme to manage those risks. FEPs are unique to a property and reflect the local climate and soils, the type of farming operation, and the goals and aspirations of the land user.

Dairy Farm Environmental Planning

1. Preparing Your Farm/Orchard Environment Plan

We will meet with you to learn about your farming or orchard business (usually around the kitchen table). We use  our experience, tools and knowledge to determine where there are environmental risks and help you to identify actions to minimise the risk.  We take a farm/orchard tour with you and discuss potential risks and mitigations in the field.

Once we have all the information we need, we will prepare a draft plan with your input and you can provide further input on the actions and timeframes before the plan is finalised for you.

We are farmers too and we understand farming businesses and the challenges you are facing.  We are focused on preparing your farm environment plan, not selling fertiliser or farm consulting services.

2. We Can Assist You With:

  • Preparation of Farm Environment Plans.
  • Overseer Nutrient Modelling.
  • Riparian planting plans.
  • Integrating environmental practice with operations.
  • Environmental mitigation measures.
  • Environmental awareness training.
  • Funding applications, in particular 1 Billion Trees, council funding and the Erosion Control Fund (Gisborne)

3. Types of Farm Environment Plan.

  • A Farm Environment Plan can be a plan that you have voluntarily put into place for your farming or orchard business to reflect your environmental goals and aspirations or
  • A Farm Environment Plan may be needed to meet the requirements of a regional plan or a resource consent condition or
  • A combination of both.

Farm Environment Plans go by a number of other different names including:

  • Farm Environment Plan (FEP)
  • Farm Environment Management Plan (FEMP)
  • Orchard Management Plan (OMP)
  • Sustainable Milk Plan (SMP)
  • Environment Management Plan (EMP)
  • Land Environment Plan (LEP)

4. What Information Do I Need?

To help us to prepare your plan, the following information is very useful:

  • A farm map, preferably one which we can use to mark up and make notes on during our discussions
  • It is useful if the farm map includes rivers and streams, bridges, culverts, yards, dumps, offal pits and other important features
  • Fertiliser applications – how much, when and where?
  • Soil testing results
  • Cropping records – what areas have been cropped, sowing and harvesting dates and fertiliser used
  • Stock reconciliation
farm encironement plan example deer
Example supplied by Deer Industry New Zealand
Environmental Project

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