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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Cadmium in New Zealand’s agriculture and food systems

Dragonfly Data Science – E. Abraham, J. Cavanagh, P. Wood, A. Pearson, P. Mladenov
Completed 2016


This paper provides a summary of data related to the management of cadmium in New Zealand’s agriculture and food systems. This includes: cadmium concentrations reported in phosphate fertilisers used in New Zealand since 2003, with a comparison to agreed voluntary limits; soil cadmium concentrations from soil samples collected by the fertiliser industry, regional councils and other researchers between 2006 and 2015 from across a broad range of land uses and soil types; trends in soil cadmium accumulation from the long-term flood irrigation fertiliser trials at Winchmore Research Station in Canterbury, New Zealand; and cadmium concentrations in food from the 2009 New Zealand Total Diet Study, with a comparison to international standards.

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The paper was presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, Fertilizer & Lime Research Centre’s 29th annual workshop: Integrated nutrient and water management for sustainable farming (Eds L. D. Currie and R. Singh, Occasional Report No. 29).

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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1 March 2024

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand recently updated its Fertiliser Use on New Zealand Dairy Farms booklet to ensure farmers get the best value from fertiliser applied and to align the advice with the Code of Practice for Fertiliser Nutrient Management.

28 June 2023

Dairy farmers milking cows on a farm area of more than 20 hectares are required to record synthetic nitrogen use on their dairy platform land, including a zero-kg record if no synthetic nitrogen is used. The regulations require data to be submitted by 31 July each year for the preceding year ended 30 June. 

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