Farm Plans (FEMP)
What is a Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP)?
A Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP) summarises the environmental risks on a farming operation and describes how those risks will be managed over time. You can learn more about what needs to be included in a farm plan and how to get one done here.
Do I need one?
Everyone who owns 10 or more hectares in the Tukituki Catchment needs a farm plan done. Some people who own 4-10ha will also need a Farm Plan. If you have 4ha-10ha check to see you are considered a ‘low intensity’ farming operation. If you are a ‘low intensity’ system, you do not need a farm plan but should confirm with HBRC using the low intensity form.
When does it need to be done?
31 May 2018.
What happens if I don’t have a farm plan by 31 May 2018?
If you haven’t done your Farm Plan by May 31st 2018, you will be required to apply for resource consent. This will be an additional cost on top of the cost of getting a farm plan.
If you refuse to have a farm plan done or don’t apply for resource consent, the Council can take compliance or enforcement action against you. Under the Plan Change 6 rules, fines can be up to $300,000.
What happens after I get a Farm Plan done?
¨ Make sure your FEMP provider lets HBRC know. If done in a workshop setting, make sure you plan is signed off by an Approved FEMP Provider.
¨ Once HBRC is aware that you have completed a farm plan, you will receive notification of this by mid-2018.
¨ You should get on with the activities in your plan. This includes stock exclusion and N limit requirements by 2020.
¨ The Farm Plan will need to updated in 2021 or before if you sell or change your farming system.
¨ Make sure your Farm Plan is easily on hand. You may get selected for an audit. Auditing of FEMPs helps ensure that landowners and FEMP providers are identifying environmental risks and appropriate actions.
HBRC staff are here to help
You can contact Paul Train (027 533 2539) Warwick Hesketh (027 496 6289), or Madeline Hall (027 572 4330). Feel free to give us a ring anytime, we’re here to help.
HBRC staff will also be available for a chat at our Waipawa office (26 Ruataniwha St) on the first Friday of every month until June 2018 from 9am till 3pm.