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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Our people

The Fertiliser Association operates with a Management Board and Technical Committee. Staff are based in Wellington.

Chief Executive – Dr Vera Power

Vera has worked internationally in agricultural research, assessment of environmental impacts and regulation of intensive agriculture. More recently she has had government policy experience on both water and climate change with the Ministry for the Environment. As Chief Executive, Vera drives the implementation of the Fertiliser Association's strategic plan, with a key focus on research, sustainability and the environment, and local authority and central government planning. She represents the Fertiliser Association on a range of external committees, as well as industry and government stakeholder groups.

Executive Manager – Greg Sneath

Greg has an extensive background in the technical aspects of horticulture and agriculture. He holds an honours degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Queensland, and was employed by the New South Wales Department of Agriculture as a Horticultural Advisory/Extension Officer before immigrating to New Zealand. In New Zealand, Greg was employed for seven years as a Technical Manager, Growing Media Division for Yates New Zealand Ltd and was Chair of the New Zealand Potting Mix Manufacturers’ Federation.

Greg joined the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand in 2005, and works on a wide range of industry programmes. This includes developing information and resources for farmers and rural professionals, funding and managing research projects, developing submissions and representing to local and central government. He also participates in industry and government panels and working groups, and provides technical support and assistance to the Chief Executive.

Administration Manager – Louise Hargraves

Louise ensures the smooth running of the Fertiliser Association, providing office and financial administration support. She is also the administrator of the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme.

Management Board

The Board is responsible for setting the policy direction of the Fertiliser Association.

Board members are:

  • The chair from each member company: John Henderson (Ravensdown) and David Peacocke (Ballance Agri-Nutrients)
  • The two chief executives of the member companies: Greg Campbell (Ravensdown) and Mark Wynne (Ballance Agri-Nutrients)
  • Two technical representatives: Mike Manning (Ravensdown) and Warwick Catto (Ballance)

The Management Board is currently chaired by David Peacocke.

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee makes recommendations to the Management Board on research funding. It also provides technical advice to the Board to support programmes of industry good.

Committee members are:

  • Warwick Catto – Head of Research and Environment, Ballance Agri-Nutrients
  • Richard Christie – Group Manager, Development, Ravensdown
  • Mike Manning – GM Innovation & Strategy, Ravensdown
  • Angela Newton – Commercial Chemicals Manager, Ballance Agri-Nutrients
  • Vera Power – Chief Executive, Fertiliser Association of New Zealand
  • Ants Roberts – Chief Scientific Officer, Ravensdown
  • Jakub Skut – Development Chemist, Industrials, Ballance Agri-Nutrients
  • Greg Sneath – Executive Manager, Fertiliser Association of New Zealand

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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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.

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