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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

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.

Phil Tither

FEMP Provider

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

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.

  • +6468777080
  • 0220141048

Jeni Wadsworth


Born into a dairy farming family Jeni's passion for the agricultural industry was sparked at a young age. She has hand on experience in contract and share milking jobs, before spending the last 16 years in the rural service industry consulting across all sectors. Jeni has business management skills and is certified in CNMA, GHG and FEMP HB. Jeni is a senior consultant at MyEnviro with a passion of linking farmers to their environment on a smart digital platform. Jeni enjoys working with farmers by using her practical experience and agronomic knowledge to help achieve their goals in sustainability and production. Jeni is based in Hawkes Bay (living on farm with her husband) and operates throughout the country.

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.


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