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Farm environment plan

A farm environment plan will ensure that all farm businesses have in place essential soil and water protection management measures. These will underpin a basic and universal minimum level of protection for soil and water resources. A farm environment plan will help farm businesses to fulfil many of the relevant requirements of supermarket assurance schemes.

How to record the information needed for farm planning

The Department of the Environment has produced a number of templates to assist with the recording and reporting that is necessary for compliance with subsidy requirements. The templates can also be used by farmers who wish to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of various supermarket assurance schemes.

Using States of Jersey templates

Using these templates is not compulsory - many farmers will have their own recording systems in place. The important thing is that farmers record and use the right information to make good environmental and agronomic management decisions.

Componen​​ts of the farm environment plan

Water pollutio​​​n contingency plan

Having a water pollution contingency plan is a requirement:

  • under the 'water code'
  • for those in receipt of farming subsidies
  • for many supermarket assurance schemes

Template for water pollution contingency plan

Nutrient man​​agement plan

Having a nutrient management plan:

  • will help to demonstrate compliance with the 'water code'
  • will help farmers save money by utilising the nutrients in organic manures and applying the correct levels of nutrients to the crop
  • is being introduced for those in receipt of farming subsidies
  • is required by many supermarket assurance schemes

Template nutrient management plan

Soil protection review

Having a soil protection plan and / or policy:

  • will prepare farmers to demonstrate compliance with the 'soil code'
  • is being introduced for those in receipt of farming subsidies
  • is required by many supermarket assurance scheme
  • may also mitigate against insurance claims for mud on roads, third party flooding etc

Template for soil protection plan

Pesticide recording

Most supermarket assured produce schemes require comprehensive reporting on pesticide use over and above that required by the States of Jersey for subsidy receipt. The assured produce scheme reporting / template may therefore be used to fulfil this component of the farm environment plan. For those farmers who do not belong to an assured produce scheme the following template may be used.

Template for pesticide recording

Farm manure plan

A farm manure plan is required for those claiming farming subsidies and carrying out any of the following activities: 

  • keeping livestock
  • importing organic manures or composts onto their farm
  • using sewage sludge on their land
  • allowing other farmers / growers to apply organic wastes to the land they farm

The plan will need updating annually if fields have been lost or added since the last farm manure and waste management plan was produced.

Template for farm manure plan

Waste management plan

The production of and adherence to a waste management plan is also required for the receipt of farm subsidy payments.

Template for waste management plan

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