Government regulations are being passed to help improve the quality of water in our waterways, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, protect our high producing soils, and reduce nutrient losses from our farming activities.
By the end of 2022 every farmer and grower in New Zealand will need to know their on-farm methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Within the same timeframe we are expecting that legislation will have been finalised around the requirements of Farm Environment Plans. In some regions of New Zealand nutrient budgets will be mandatory while in others the focus will control of sediment loss. At HLM we have been working with these issues for many years and have been helping farmers and landowners navigate the regulations and work towards a sustainable farming business. We can help you complete your FEP, work out your GHG numbers, and complete your nutrient budget. This process can be costly but there are often options for funding assistance. At HLM we can help you identify areas of funding that can cover some of your on-farm costs. We can also help to identify alternative land use options that can increase your revenue streams while meeting your regulatory requirements and benefiting the environment. This includes options around the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and carbon farming. We can assist landowners become registered in the ETS. We can also provide advice on areas suitable for various types of tree planting that can qualify for registration, and complete and supply mapping files required as part of the registration process. We also have industry connections who specialise it the ETS and forestry and can provide further expert advice and guidance on plantation forestry and the ETS.