Feeding the world’s growing population

New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.

Optimising food production

Over the next 50 years farmers around the world will need to produce more food than has been grown over the past 10,000 years.

Best use from a limited resource

Fertiliser helps farmers produce food efficiently by replenishing the soil. But fertiliser needs to be used responsibly.

Responsible and sustainable nutrient management

The Fertiliser Association invests in research and tools to ensure farm profitability while minimising nutrient losses to the environment.

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.

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Tools

Tiered Fertiliser Management System

The Tiered Fertiliser Management System for the application of phosphate fertilisers is an integral part of the Cadmium Management Strategy for New Zealand.

This system seeks to ensure that soil cadmium remains within acceptable limits over the next 100 years and beyond.

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Overseer

Overseer is an agricultural management tool which helps farmers and growers make better farm management decisions to improve their farm's environmental sustainability and productivity.

Much like a financial budget, a nutrient budget tells you how much is coming in and how much is going out and to where. By using Overseer, you can see:

  • how efficiently nutrients are being used on a farm
  • expected nutrient and greenhouse gas losses to the environment
  • the likely impacts of changes in farm management practices or farm systems.

Overseer allows farmers and their advisers to test the potential impacts of different approaches before investing time or resources in big changes.

The tool is managed by Overseer Ltd, which was established as a not-for-profit organisation to administer the software. The company is jointly owned by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and AgResearch Limited.

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Nutrient management planner

Our interactive nutrient management plan (NMP) template can be used or adapted to suit your circumstances. Please familiarise yourself with our Code of Practice before using it.

The below diagram sets out the steps involved in preparing and using the nutrient management plan template.

A good NMP:

  • ensures that nutrient management meets all legal and industry requirements
  • includes a nutrient budget which compares nutrient inputs from all sources with all nutrient outputs
  • achieves desired changes in nutrient levels and production (e.g. increasing soil fertility from a poor base to support a higher stock carrying capacity; altering soil nutrient status to suit future crops)
  • minimises the cost of supplying nutrients and avoids wasted spending on unnecessary or unused nutrients
  • minimises the risk of damage to the environment
  • considers the land manager’s personal objectives.

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Educational Resource: Where Our Food Comes From

The Soil, Food & Society's online teaching tool 'The story of where our food comes from' is an open, educational resource for teachers and students in years 5-8. It promotes discussion around the role of primary industry as it explores three interconnected areas - plants are earth's engine; our food garden; and the chain in my lunchbox. Integrated with the New Zealand Curriculum, the resource offers teachers easy-to-teach lesson plans and provides students with opportunities to engage in scientific investigations and present their findings in a scientific way.

This project is funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries' Sustainable Farming Fund, The Fertiliser Quality Council, DairyNZ, Federated Farmers, Horticulture NZ, Core Education, House of Science, Ravensdown, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Irrigation New Zealand and NZ Young Farmers.

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The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and Dairy NZ funded development of the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP). This industry-wide certification aims to ensure that advisers have the learning, experience and capability to give sound nutrient advice.

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8 October 2018

New Zealand's agricultural industry is increasingly considering the challenges and opportunities of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


5 September 2018

From having an internationally acclaimed research method named after him to running a highly successful research centre, Professor Mike Hedley can look back on his 40-year academic career with a huge sense of achievement.

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