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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8 August 2018

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand has signed a 30-year lease with AgResearch to ensure the long-term fertiliser research trials at Winchmore Research Station in Canterbury continue.

9 July 2018

Significant reductions to nitrogen (N) leaching can be achieved by changing irrigation management practices, and new research has demonstrated just how big those benefits can be.

1 July 2018

There are no significant differences between pasture production achieved using urea applied as a fine particle when compared to a granular form, a recent review has shown.

30 June 2018

Nilusha Ubeynarayana is undertaking research that could prove a game-changer for managing cadmium concentration in New Zealand soils.

29 June 2018

Aaron Stafford, who graduated with a doctorate from Massey University in May, discovered that concentrations of cadmium accumulated in chicory and plantain were at least 10 to 20 times higher than ryegrass and white clover.

26 June 2018

Some people spend their lives searching for a four-leaf clover. Jeff Morton has a more pragmatic approach to the legume, having dedicated considerable time to researching how to increase clover growth on hill country soil.

25 June 2018

Thangavelautham Geretharan (Gere) is pioneering research in an aspect of soil health that has largely been ignored until now – fluorine’s impact on nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

21 June 2018

The 2018 Budget announcement in May saw the Government allocating $5m of operating funding to Overseer Limited over the next four years – a move that is welcomed by the Fertiliser Association. Meanwhile, Overseer will soon be launching game-changing software.

18 June 2018

Daniel Hendrie has hit upon the ideal formula for applying lime to increase phosphorus availability.

22 November 2017

The Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme has marked a significant milestone with the certification of the 200th Adviser to have completed the programme.


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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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