Integrated farm planning work programme

Find out how a national farm planning framework will make it easier for you to meet your business and regulatory requirements as a farmer or grower.

What is integrated farm planning?

Integrated farm planning is an approach that brings all of your farm planning requirements into one place. Using integrated farm planning will:

  • streamline compliance
  • reduce duplication and costs
  • improve information sharing across the primary industries and between regulators and industry assurance programmes
  • help you achieve your business goals
  • make it simpler to meet business and regulatory requirements.

How will it benefit farmers and growers?

Integrated farm planning will build on the activities you already do and make them less time-consuming.

That could be through industry assurance programmes, regional councils, or independently.

It will help you improve your on-farm performance and meet freshwater and greenhouse gas regulatory requirements by 2025.

What support is available?

Budget 2021 allocated $37 million over 4 years to accelerate the delivery of the national farm planning framework.

To help achieve that, a further 100 skilled farm advisers will be trained to provide advice.

Targeted industry, regional council, community, and catchment initiatives will also receive funding.

Cross-sector collaboration

Achieving a more efficient and consistent farm planning system requires a cross-sector effort.

Work has begun to improve information and data sharing across the primary industries and between regulators and industry assurance programmes.

A steering group made up of senior representatives of industry, regional councils, and government agencies is partnering with us to drive the programme. The group’s members are:

  • Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
  • Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
  • Federated Farmers
  • DairyNZ
  • Deer Industry NZ
  • Beef + Lamb NZ
  • Horticulture NZ
  • Foundation for Arable Research (FAR)
  • Federation of Māori Authorities
  • Regional council representatives

Achieving consistent farm planning standards

In May 2021, the steering group endorsed the first step towards consistency in standards for farm planning.

Good farm planning principles: Towards integrated farm planning is a guidance document that provides practical information to help you run your agribusiness.

It focuses on areas to prioritise, gives guidance for improvement, and clearly sets out mandatory requirements.

Good farm planning principles: Towards integrated farm planning [PDF, 1022 KB]

What is happening with farm planning and what you can do

If you are already under an industry assurance programme (IAP), you may see changes to your plans as they are rolled out by your IAP during 2021-2022.

If you aren’t part of an IAP or another farm planning scheme, the guidance document is a useful starting point.

You are encouraged to reach out to professional services, your local catchment group, or a relevant IAP or other primary sector farm planning initiative.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is developing a template and resources to support farmers who don’t already have a farm plan, which will be available in later in 2021.

MPI is also collating technical guides for rural professionals covering people management, biosecurity, and animal welfare.

Find out more about integrated farm planning

Integrated farm planning is part of broader efforts to lower agricultural emissions and improve freshwater quality.

He Waka Eke Noa – Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership

Intensive Winter Grazing Module

Freshwater Farm Plans Regulations for freshwater farm plans – Ministry for the Environment

Primary Industries Advisory Services

Your industry body may also have further information on farm planning on their websites.


Beef+Lamb New Zealand

Deer Industry NZ

Horticulture NZ

Foundation for Arable Research

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