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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Supporting new scientists

Lincoln University PhD graduate Daniel Martin-Hendrie, completed his PhD research on phosphorus and sulphur availability in relation to soil acidity and aluminium toxicity across the South Island high country.

Daniel's research had a special focus on the impact these relationships have on legume growth and persistence. Not only applying lime to the soil surface, he also investigated the deep application of lime directly into subsoil for greater plant growth. During his studies, Daniel hit upon the ideal formula for identifying whether high country farmers are best to apply lime, fertiliser, herbicide or seed to improve nutrient availability and their farm productivity.

Daniels' PhD was funded by the Fertiliser Association in partnership with Callaghan Innovation R&D Grants. This support provided Daniel with close engagement with the industry through work grants and stipends for financial support, plus training in industry-specific professional development and post graduate courses.

"I am very grateful to have had industry support towards my study," said Daniel.

"The financial support was invaluable, as it helped cover expenses such as travel costs to attend and participate at conferences, and the publication of associated journal papers."

"It also enabled me to get strong commercial experience and engagement with field staff, the farming community, researchers and rural professionals," added Daniel.

"The Fertiliser Association is a long-term supporter of PhD projects on nutrient management issues," said Greg Sneath, Executive Director at the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand.

"The intention of partnering with Callaghan Innovation Student Grants is to encourage a well-rounded programme for development of academic and technical skills, as well as meaningful commercial experience to support and encourage new young scientists with the skills and capability to make a difference in the world."

"We want them to be able to lead the next generation with the best possible experience and training during their academic development."

You can read more about Daniel's research here.

Following his PhD Daniel took on a role at Agriculture Victoria at the Grains Innovation Park in Horsham, Victoria, working across a range of studies on nutrient availability, soil acidity and salinity issue-particularly in subsoil-for wheat production.

"I am excited by innovation and new ideas in the agriculture industry, and the constant drive to improve the way things are done on farm. Being in a research position gives me the chance to look deep into the value of new ideas, and be a part of introducing them to drive innovation and increase farm productivity, and sustainability."

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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3 July 2024

An interest in farm sustainability and sustainable fertiliser management was the key driver behind Massey University student Theané de Klerk’s decision to focus her Master’s degree on New Zealand’s agricultural phosphorus budget. Theané is one of three students that the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand is currently supporting.

26 June 2024

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand have updated our Fertiliser Use on New Zealand Sheep and Beef Farms booklet.

The booklet provides clear and concise information on key aspects of soil fertility and nutrient management for productive drystock farming. 

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