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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Research

Ongoing scientific research is critical to New Zealand agriculture. The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand allocates more than one million dollars annually for research. Areas of focus include environmental mitigation, precision agriculture, management tools, data collection and reporting, managing contaminants and agronomic performance.

We aim to:

  • facilitate major beneficial changes in nutrient management practices
  • drive significant innovation in systems and tools for nutrient management
  • deliver direct benefits for farmers – financial, environmental and technological.

As well as funding research, we develop New Zealand capability by supporting PhD research on nutrient management. We also support Overseer, an agricultural management tool that encourages better decision making.

Research Projects

Sam Carrick, Linda Lilburne, Gerard Grealish, Pierre Roudier, Veronica Penny, Nadia Laubscher - Landcare Research
Completed June 2020

Phil Journeaux, AgFirst
Completed June 2020

Phil Journeaux, AgFirst

Completed May 2020

Malcolm McLeod, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Completed March 2020

Jim R Crush & Lily Ouyamg, AgResearch Ruakura, Hamilton, Greig Cousins, PGGWrightson Seeds, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North
Completed October 2019

Stewart Ledgard and Shelley Falconer
Completed August 2019

Phil Journeaux (lead author), John Wilton, Leander Archer, Stuart Ford and Gary McDonald
Completed November 2019

Tony van der Weerden, Bob Longhurst & Martin Kear
Completed May 2019

Edward Abraham, Dragonfly Data Science, Wellington
Completed November 2018

Supporting research with MPI’s Sustainable Farming Fund
Ongoing



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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 user-friendly Phosphorus Guidance Note to explain clearly 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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