We have released two new reports showing that we need to improve land management to achieve the water quality improvements the community is seeking.
We know there is a lot of information going out to Canterbury farmers about regulatory changes at the moment. We are working to make the Farmers' Hub the best place to get clear information on what you need to do on your farm.
Below is information on some of the main issues you may need to know about and where you can get further support and advice.
Reducing nitrogen loss
Learn how to achieve lower nitrogen loss and improve farming efficiency.
Irrigation and water use
Learn about water restrictions, irrigation schemes, and recommended irrigation techniques in Waitaha/Canterbury.
Learn how to keep your farm safe and manage pest species.
Farming around rivers and streams
Learn more about permitted activities around riverbeds.
Good management practice
Help to improve water quality on your farm.
Farm Environment Plans
Recognise on-farm environmental risks and set out a programme to manage those risks.
Synthetic nitrogen fertiliser cap
On grazed land, there's a cap on the amount of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser you can apply without resource consent.
If you have a wetland on your property, you now have responsibilities to protect it.
Essential Freshwater package - farmers' guide
Find out more about the specific requirements under the Essential Freshwater package.
Zone-specific rules and information
Access information for your zone, including if you need a consent to farm.
Useful resources and information to help you.
Advice and guidelines to help people on lifestyle blocks care for their land and waterways.
Latest farming news
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