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New environment mindset to be adopted

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Farmers will need to change their way of thinking about the environment under new regulations in the Canterbury land and water regional plan.

The plan was notified last month and is likely to become operative within a few months. It prescribes limits on allowable nitrate leaching, varying depending on where farms are, and whether water quality is already compromised (red zones), at risk (orange) or acceptable (blue or green).

Under the plan, farm environment plans will become compulsory. Environment Canterbury manager of extension services Judith Earl-Goulet said the plan breaks new ground.

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