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The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.
An endorsement will be available to existing certified advisers who complete the three-day course, 'An introduction to New Zealand's Agricultural Green House Gas Emissions and Management', run through Massey University.
The course exposes practitioners to the latest information on greenhouse gas mitigation policy and research for pastoral and arable farming. It was developed in conjunction with DairyNZ, AgResearch, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
The next course is expected to be run in April or May 2019.
"This is a key step for advisers in building their knowledge of greenhouse gas emissions as New Zealand moves towards zero carbon emissions," says Vera Power, Chief Executive of the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, which administers the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP). "We encourage all Certified Nutrient Management Advisers to complete this certificate.
"It is well documented that agricultural emissions are significant for New Zealand, so it's vital that New Zealand farmers understand how to manage greenhouse gas emissions responsibly and sustainably.
"Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions will be challenging. Options might include a package of options. This could include off-setting managing system efficiency, new technologies and farm system change. Farmers who receive advice from greenhouse gas endorsed advisers equipped with the latest knowledge about climate change mitigations can feel more confident about their decisions."
The greenhouse gas endorsement is being established with financial support from DairyNZ. There is currently no additional charge for this endorsement.