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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28 August 2019

A review commissioned by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand seeks to understand how much nitrous oxide and ammonia is typically emitted from ammonium-based nitrogen fertilisers - and whether New Zealand's emission factors for these gases are appropriate.

28 August 2019

When phosphate fertiliser is managed well, recently applied fertiliser generally comprises less than 10% of total phosphorus losses to the environment, a recent review has revealed.

7 June 2019

We have received questions recently about whether it is appropriate to apply phosphate (P) fertiliser during the winter months. As a result, the Fertiliser Association has produced an advisory with good management practice principles.

17 April 2019

Soil scientists have reached a new milestone, digitally mapping more than 8 million hectares of New Zealand soils.

17 April 2019

An innovative recycling project by AgRecovery could see agricultural waste transformed into new agricultural products - including the woven polypropylene bags that fertiliser is stored in.

17 December 2018

As the proposed Zero Carbon Bill gains momentum, Chief Executive Vera Power contemplates what this will mean for the agricultural sector.

17 December 2018

An opinion piece by Executive Manager Greg Sneath on the potential taxing of fertiliser and what that might mean.

6 December 2018

A new report shows many farmers want to take action to reduce emissions but need more information about what steps they can take.


8 October 2018

The Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme has introduced an additional endorsement for advisers on greenhouse gas mitigation.


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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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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23 September 2020

New Phosphorus Use Guidance Note that clearly explains why we need to manage phosphorus losses and why we need to build on the international principles of the '4 Rs' for good management of nutrients.

9 September 2020

Through a comprehensive research programme -- Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching (FRNL) -- OverseerFM has been updated to include the diuretic response in animals as a result of consuming plantain.

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