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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

FEMP APPCMYK300ppi3Industry Groups are also playing a role in trying to help their levy payers meets the requirements around FEMPs by providing templates that can be used to help prepare a farm plan. This provides a lower (not no) cost option for completing an FEMP. This process is not appropriate for all types of farming operations, but if you are interested in exploring this option, please ring the contacts below to discuss it. Please note that for an FEMP to be acceptable to the Regional Council, a suitably qualified rural professional must visit your farm and confirm that your FEMP is fit for purpose. There is likely to be a cost associated with this.

Beef and Lamb Mark Harris
027 577 9991
Dairy NZ Adam Duker
027 226 5334
FAR Diana Mathers
027 544 2236

You need a nutrient budget as part of your farm plan. There is likely to be a cost associated with this. The same person might be able to do both for you. If not, have a look at our Nutrient Budgeting page.

Colin Tyler

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 Mitchell

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

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.

Grant Bickley

Grant is a Senior Land Management Advisor with Rural Directions Advisory Services Limited, based in Hawkes Bay. Rural Directions has been operating throughout the primary sector since 2003 and expanded its offering in 2016 into Advisory Services. Grant has been with the company since its inception. Prior to this he spent nine years within the fertiliser industry. Grant specialises in farm environmental planning, soil fertility and pasture nutrition. Grant enjoys being able to translate scientific concepts into ideas that are easily understood through practices that achieve results. He finds this enables him to help benefit others in a way that adds value to their business.

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.

Peter Taylor

Peter is an experienced farm environmental management plan (FEMPs) provider with over 50 plans completed within the Tukituki catchment. He can take the worry out of the process for you and make it straight-forward and cost effective. Importantly, he will give you a competently prepared FEMP which will set you up with confidence for the future.

Phil Tither


Phil has 34 years’ experience in consultancy. Our AgFirst farm environment plans will take account of your farming preferences and will consider the physical and financial implications of meeting the new environmental standards. Professional awards received including the 2016 Hawke’s Bay primary sector professional of the year and 2017 Beef + Lamb NZ sheep & beef rural professional.

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

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.


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