Farm Environmental Plans & Nutrient Budgets
Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Limited (ALIL) work together with MHV Water Limited (MHV) under the terms of the resource consent currently held by Rangitata Diversion Race Management Limited (RDRML) to use surface water (CRC183851).
This consent allows for an Audited Self-Management (ASM) approach within certain limits and with specific reporting requirements. Writing, implementing and auditing Farm Environmental Plans (FEP's) is part of our ASM approach and enables RDRML to demonstrate the irrigators' level of environmental performance, and compliance with the resource consent conditions. The completion of a Nutrient Budget is also a key requirement.
Farm Environmental Plans
As a Shareholder you need to complete an annual Farm Environmental Plans (FEP). The FEP process allows farmers to focus on the management areas which matter to their particular farm and identify environmental improvements which also improve their bottom line.
Farm Environmental Plans must be completed through the FEP Dashboard (onlinefep.co.nz) portal, unless you are a part of another accredited ISO program for example Lead with Pride.
Farm Environmental Plan Audits
An FEP audit is an on-farm independent assessment of the implementation of your FEP to check that:
- You manage the risks identified in your Farm Environment Plan.
- You are applying the Good Management Practices identified in your FEP.
The auditor will use a Level of Confidence (LOC) judgement when making a decision of whether or not the farm is on track to meeting Good Management Practice (GMP). The more records and evidence you have to support your management decisions, the more likely that the Auditors Level of Confidence will be improved. After the audit you will be given a grade, A, B, C or D. This grade will determine the return period of the auditor.
More information on the FEP Audits can be found : https://www.canterburywater.farm/fep/fep-audits/
You need farm information/data of your farming activities, such as production, irrigation methods and application rates, nutrient application rates, stocking rates, and information about soil types found at the farm.
A certified nutrient management advisor (CNMA) will need to prepare or review your nutrient budget to ensure that robust and meets the required standards.
A list of CNMAs can be found here: http://www.nmacertification.org.nz/tools/clients/directory.aspx?SECT=canterbury%20
If you would like more information on the Nutrient Budget requirements, please contact a member of the ALIL team.