Environment Canterbury’s Plan Change 7 is open for submissions until 13 September.
The plan introduces new nutrient loss requirements for some farms as well as a number of other new requirements.
All farmers are required to meet baseline Good Management Practice by July 2020. Proposed nutrient loss targets beyond this vary within zones. By 2030, all dairy farmers in the Nitrate Priority Area will be required to reduce their nitrogen losses by 15% beyond baseline Good Management Practice. By 2040, all farmers in the Nitrate Priority Area will need to reduce their nitrogen loss by a further 15%. In some areas farmers will need to make additional reductions to their nitrogen losses over time.
We encourage farmers to make a submission on the plan change. Next Generation Farmers, DairyNZ and Federated Farmers are hosting free submission writing workshops where you can talk with technical experts and have access to scientific and economic information to help prepare your submission.
Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 August
7am - 6pm
Oxford Town Hall
Register to attend a 20 minute session on either day to help you identify which rules will apply to you and get started on writing your submission. After this the later session in September will help you finalise your submission.
Note: you’ll need to bring some specific farm information with you to the session: Your farm size details, address, farm land use type, farm system, current FEP grade, consent, staff numbers, number of families who receive income or investment from your farm, current N loss figure, baseline GMP figure (if known), your thoughts on what the plan change will mean for you.
Register here to choose a time and attend a session or contact Scott on 021 678 235, or Victoria on 027 291 6056 from the Next Generation Farmers Trust.