Drop-in sessions for farmers to help with FEPs

Canterbury has some of the strictest land-use rules in the country to deliver the water quality improvements the community demands. Come along to one of our drop-in sessions across the region to find out if your Farm Environment Plan is up to date and receive personalised help.

Many farmers are now required to obtain consents to farm to ensure they meet water quality limits. As part of this they must prepare Farm Environment Plans (FEP). FEPs help farmers think about risks on their land and what actions can be taken to improve their operation.

A FEP is a living document which requires a regular, independent on-farm assessment to ensure that risks are being managed effectively and that Good Management Practices are applied to minimise the impact on water quality.

With new rules (Plan Change 5 to the Land and Water Regional Plan) operative, some farmers might be unaware what the changes mean for their FEPs. FEPs lodged with consents now need to include new content and may need to be upgraded before your first audit. Talk to your industry body, milk company, farming consultant or FEP auditor.

Environment Canterbury is offering support for farmers across the region by hosting drop-in sessions to help farmers update their FEPs.

Don’t go into your FEP audit unprepared.

  • Use the Ready for Audit checklist to prepare for the audit
  • Ensure your FEP covers the requirements in your consent conditions
  • Talk to your industry body, farming consultant or FEP auditor
  • A list of Environment Canterbury Certified FEP Auditors is available in the section below.

Attend one of our workshops if you need help updating your FEP:

Ashburton: Thursday 28 February
Dunsandel: Thursday 28 February
Cust: Friday 1 March
Geraldine: Wednesday 6 March
Temuka: Wednesday 6 March

RSVP for either event by Contacting the Environment Canterbury customer Service team on 0800324636 or online.