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Approved FEMP Providers

The following providers have so far been approved by the Regional Council to develop Farm Plans. They have demonstrated to the Regional Council that they can meet the necessary requirements and receive training from the Regional Council to ensure our standards continue to be met. Each provider comes from a different background and you can chose who best suits your needs


Please note that in order for the suitably qualified rural professional to complete your FEMP, there may be a cost associated with this. You may also need a nutrient budget for your farm plan. The same person might be able to do both for you. If not, have a look at our Nutrient Budgeting page.

Colin Tyler

FEMP Provider

Colin is the Principal Consultant-Environmental at Ravensdown. Colin grew up and still lives in rural Hawke’s Bay and believes that understanding farming and farmers is the key to helping them adjust to environmental regulations. In his view farm plans are a way for farmers to documenting the excellent environmental work they have already done while also demonstrating what they are willing to do in the future.

Courtney Stewart

FEMP provider

Courtney is originally from a sheep and beef farming background in the Manawatu which has instilled her passion for the agricultural sector. With an interest in farming, Courtney can relate to landowners and the challenges they face in meeting environmental constraints within their farm business, and this is key to her role as a Farm Environmental Consultant. Courtney's aim is to better inform landowners of their role in on farm environmental sustainability, working with them to create solutions that meet environmental regulations, whilst ensuring business productivity is maximised into the future.

David Reynolds

Tuturo Farm Ltd

David is a farmer from Central Hawke’s Bay. He has a degree in Agriculture and has enjoyed furthering his academic career by completing a course in Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management. He has been farming in Hawke’s Bay for over 25 years and is directly affected by Plan Change 6. David's knowledge, experience and practical approach enable him to provide competent Farm Environmental Management Plans with practical and realistic solutions.

Emma Buchanan

Emma is the owner of Waipukurau-based Soter Rural Compliance, giving farms a local, practical, cost effective and HBRC Approved option for their Farm Environmental Management Plans. The Soter team provide nutrient budgets, Farm Environmental Management Plans, LUC remapping, and Dairy NZ Sustainable Milk Plans.

Jay Sorensen

Being a director, registered rural valuer and nutrient management consultant at Logan Stone Ltd, Jay is a rural property professional who wants to understand your property, and your property needs. Born and raised on a farm, and still involved with the family farming business, along with practicing as a rural valuer, Jay has a sound understanding of different farming systems and the requirement to work with farmers to ensure they get the best outcome possible not only from an environmental viewpoint but also from a financial and farm workability perspective. Jay is also a regional judge of the Ballance Farm Environmental awards, and was the 2015 winner of the Property Institute of New Zealand Young Property Professional of the Year.

Jess Hughes

Jess is an Environmental and Agribusiness consultant with AgFirst. Jess has been working with Regional Council regulations for around ten years and is passionate about helping farmers thrive within ever changing environments. Jess will help you develop a plan that not only meets Regional Council requirements, but also adds value to your farming business as a whole.

Lachie Grant

LandVision Ltd are arguably the most experienced farm planners in the country having undertaken plans for over 700,000 ha of farmland. Their plans are based on paddock scale soil and LUC mapping which is more reliable than regional scale information and puts some real science behind decision making. Not only are LandVision plans able to be used for compliance but they are also production enhancing.

Lochie MacGillvray

Lochie is a farm management consultant with AgFirst who works with farmers to develop farm plans that provide both financial and environmental benefits. He has been farming and farm consulting for over thirty years and can relate to the management constraints that farms may have. His farm plans take into account these factors and he works with farmers to develop tailored FEMPs.

Paul Smith

Paul has been involved in the farming industry for over thirty years as a sheep and beef farmer, orchardist, vegetable grower and Certified Nutrient Management Advisor. He has a very practical approach to helping farmers create a plan that works for them and enhances the value of their property.

Steve Goodman Steve is able to draw on extensive farming experience when developing farm environmental management plans. GoodmanRural provides independent advice in farm resource management and finance therefore undertaking assignments in the development of farm environmental plans is a natural extension. We will work with you to quickly develop a plan that fits your unique situation and farm requirements.

Leander Archer

Ag First Horticulture

Leander is a horticultural consultant at AgFirst. She specifically focusses on environmental management in horticultural properties and has experience with the Tukituki, TANK catchments and Horizons Region plan changes. She enjoys getting out meeting growers, and especially enjoys when she can help them understand how a mitigation can reduce their environmental impact and increase the long term economic viability of their business.

Sean Bennett


Sean is a farm management consultant with AgFirst who draws on twenty years of practical sheep and beef farming experience to develop tailormade solutions for farmers and their FEMP. With each farming business being unique, working with farmers to create practical on farm solutions, which provide both financial and environmental benefits, is a key part of his approach.

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Rachael Mitchell

Perrin Ag

Rachael emigrated from the UK in 1998, having been brought up rurally in Devon. Prior to joining the Perrin Ag team in 2014 she either jointly owned or worked on three different dry stock properties, winning two Ballance Farm Environment Awards for nutrient management and habitat creation in the process. Rachael is one of the few independent Certified Nutrient Management Advisers in the Rotorua region. Her attention to detail and passion for her clients sees her in demand with farmers wanting to establish their current environmental footprints, implement sustainable land use change or understand compliance requirements. While based in Rotorua, Rachael and Perrin Ag frequently visit and engage with the Hawke’s Bay and are well versed in the challenges faced for this region.

Sarah Dudin

FEMP provider

Sarah is an experienced rural advisor with a focus on sustainable farm systems, soils, soil conservation practises and Land Environment Plans. She has provided technical sustainable land management solutions and advice to farmers, regional councils & industry for over 20 years. Sarah is a specialist in Land Use Capability and soil mapping, using Arc GIS maps and Overseer modelling to support Land and Environment Plans and farm decision making. Sarah is a 4th generation sheep and beef farmer in the King Country, with a strong interest in all pastoral farming systems. She enjoys engaging with people to develop practical strategies that address all aspects of environmental and farm system needs.

Hannah Stewart

Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Hannah is a Farm Sustainability Senior Consultant with Ballance Agri-Nutrients who is passionate about agriculture and the environment. Hannah completed her Science degree at the University of Otago studying Land and Planning Development and Environmental Management. She has since become certified in CNMA, GHG and LUC mapping. Hannah enjoys spending time with friends and family whilst being active outdoors.

Jardine Gunn

Agribusiness consultant

Jardine is an Environmental and Agribusiness consultant with AgFirst. Jardine has experience working with nutrient management, council regulations, farm mapping and farm planning. She enjoys working with the farmers and the wider rural community to help them reach their environmental goals and helping them understand about how their actions effect the natural environment. Jardine will help you develop a plan that not only meets Regional Council requirements, but also adds value to your farming business as a whole.


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