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Farm Environment Plan audits

Date: 27 November 2018
Reporting Frequency: Annually
Category: Freshwater Management


Farm Environment Plan audits meet good management practice guidelines.


90% of those audited in 2017/18 (755 farms) have achieved an A or B audit grade.

About this goal

We report the progress of Canterbury’s 3,800 farms as they work towards meeting nitrogen loss limits, and ensure they are operating at good management practice through the Farm Environment Plan Audit Programme.

Why does it matter?

The delivery of good management practices on farm are key to maintaining and improving the water quality of the region’s rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, estuaries and groundwater.

What's being done?

In Canterbury, 1,500 farmers holding an authorisation to farm under an irrigation scheme or collective, are working through having each of their farms audited.

By 2020 all farms that are part of an irrigation scheme or collective will have had at least one audit to determine whether the requirements of their Farm Environment Plan have been met.

By 2024, all of the 2,300 individual farms will have obtained land use consents to farm and will have had at least one audit.

Farms that don’t achieve an A or B grade will be subject to compliance follow-up.

During the 2017/18 year, 95% of Collectives farms (those managed by irrigation schemes and farming enterprises), and 89.5% of individual farms received an A or B audit grade.

Audited farms achieving compliance 2017/18

In 2017/18, 90% of audited farms achieved an A or B grade:

Farm Environment Plan Audit Grades 2017/18

Audited farms achieving compliance 2016/17

In 2016/17, 86% of audited farms achieved an A or B grade:

Farm Environment Plan Audit Grades 2016/17

Find out more

Find out about FEP audit requirements at

Read the latest Farming to limits and Farm Environment Plan audits report.

Visit for more information for farmers.

Find out how ratepayer funding supports this work with our Rates Tool.


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