Farm Environmental Plans
On 3 September 2020 the updated New Zealand Freshwater Laws and new regulations for stock access to freshwater became law.
Over the next 12 months, all owners of farms over 20 hectares (dairy, dry stock), and horticultural holdings over 5 hectares will be required to begin preparing a compulsory Farm Environmental Plan, including a freshwater module. These changes will be administered by Regional Councils, suitably qualified people must prepare the plans, and plans will be audited.
We have available a set of ready-made dairy, dry stock, horticulture and cropping farm plan templates based on the recognised ISO 14001 international environmental standard. The ISO 14001 framework provides high quality environmental assurance for Regional Councils and export markets. They include our sustainable fertiliser prescription tool NutrientPro™. Our templates produce simple, robust, and compliant farm plans and sustainability advice for busy farmers without overkill.
Among our staff are ex-Regional Council officers and independent environmental advisers and auditors with decades of on-farm experience. We can offer a rapid response to farmers needing help with farm plans. We can help farmers make the best of the new system.
Leave the tricky environmental compliance work to us, so you can get on with farming.
Farms with our international quality ISO 14001-based plan will be worth more.
See below for our proven planning approach, independent review and audit services.
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Assess | Plan | Do | Check
Simple and Sensible
We follow the simple and internationally proven four step planning process for Farm Environmental Plans - Assess | Plan | Do | Check.
Assess - What are the sources of freshwater pollution on-farm? Are we complying with the law at present?
Plan - What can we do to reduce sources and any non-compliance short-term and long-term?
Do - What is our action plan to reduce sources on-farm, given realities, timing and cost? How will we monitor progress?
Check - What are the results of our monitoring and how can we improve? (Go back to Assess).
Our farm plan templates include these questions and the information fields needed to answer them. We can help you fill in the information fields, or do this work for you. The template then produces a legal ComplianceCheck™ report covering local, regional and national environmental rules that apply to your property, a farm environmental plan, and a set of costed sustainability options for action. Depending on your option selection, it then creates an Action Plan, Monitoring Plan and Annual Progress Report. The planning process repeats itself with updates each year. In this way a tightly-focused, legally robust, and customised international quality FEP is produced for you. Your FEP can be independently reviewed and audited according to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard, which automatically includes freshwater law requirements.
Looking forward, our FEP can have modules added to it to satisfy specific customer requirements. For example, our Export Module covers sustainability standards for supermarkets in Europe and the USA, and our Green Rating Module gives your farm an international Green Rating GGG (excellent) | GG (very good) | G (good).
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An Independent Review is one type of formal check of a plan under an audit process. Reviews are performed by people with qualifications and experience in the type of planning involved in the subject activity.
A review of a farm environmental plan can occur for two reasons:
You would like someone independent with good knowledge of your farm type to check over your plan and advise on any gaps in it or possible improvements they might see; or,
An external authority like a Regional Council, dairy or meat company, or other customer requests a review by an independent person.
GreenXperts' farm plans have reviews covered. Our farm plans contain an automatic review section which can be completed by a reviewer once the first draft of the plan is finished. GreenXperts also act as Independent Reviewers. One of our experienced assessors can review your plan and provide you with pointers on how it can be improved, if needed.
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An Audit is the most formal type of check of a plan. It is used to assure an outside authority of the truth of information and claims made in the plan. Audits are performed by people with qualifications and experience in the type of planning involved in the subject activity. It involves certification against independent standards, including site or product examination. Farm Environmental Plans are audited against the requirements of the national-level freshwater laws, and regional level requirements stated in regional plans. It should be noted that your farm plan advisor cannot also be your auditor.
GreenXperts' farm plans have audits covered. Our farm plans contain an automatic audit section which can be completed by an auditor once the first draft of the plan is finished. GreenXperts also act as Independent Auditors. Where required by an authority, one of our experienced auditors can audit a plan and provide the authority with an independent auditors' report.
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