The Farm Environment Plan (FEP) template for arable farmers is designed to work with templates already developed for other sectors such as sheep and beef and dairying.
Several aspects of farm management need to be considered in the development of any FEP, these include; soils, nutrients, irrigation, animal effluent and solid waste, waterways and critical source areas. The maps and the management sections in the FAR farm environment template cover the requirements for a Freshwater Farm Plan. An additional module for intensive winter grazing is also available. The FEP template for arable farmers aims to assist farmers to answer four key questions;
- What are my environmental risks?
- What am I currently doing to manage those risks?
- What could I do better?
- How do I prove that I have taken the appropriate steps to manage my risks positively?
For each of the different areas of farm management in the template, farmers will need assess environmental risk including losses of nutrients and sediment as well as soil damage. Not all modules are relevant to all farms; for example not all arable farms will need to consider the impact of irrigation or of animal effluent. Select the modules which are appropriate to develop a tailored plan for your property and business.
By using the template below, farmers will be able to show that they are taking the appropriate steps for their individual situation as the process needs to be auditable.
- Farm Environment Template - Canterbury
- Farm Environment Plan - Guide book
- Winter Grazing module
- Mahinga Kai & Biodiversity - Selwyn Te Waihora
- Mahinga Kai & Biodiversity - Waitaki