In the media

June 2019 – Farmers Weekly: Dodgy fert size to get shake up

Anders Crofoot hope standards will deal to dodgy fertiliser.  “Lumpy, uneven and irregular fertiliser, long the bane of farmers and spreaders, will face tighter scrutiny once the Fertiliser Quality Council establishes standards for the product’s physical qualities.”

“While standards have been set for the mineral and nutrient content of fertiliser, council chairman Anders Crofoot admits it has taken longer than expected to set them for particle shape and size.”

Farmers Weekly
AGRIBUSINESS – 7 June 2019
By Richard Rennie

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February 2019 – Farmers Weekly: Spreadmark scheme accredited.

“Scheme accredited Spreadmark, New Zealand’s only fertiliser spreading certification scheme, has gained international recognition from the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand. It means farmers and growers using Spreadmark trained and registered fertiliser spreaders can now be assured all aspects of the programme are robust and reliable. It provides extra reassurance to regional councils and other organisations requiring contractors to be Spreadmark certified, Fertiliser Quality Council chairman Anders Crofoot said.”

This Farmers Weekly News Brief (Feb 4th 2019), can be found here.

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October 2018 – Otago Daily Times: NZGFA’s commitment to preventing pest-spread.

“The New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association’s new national biosecurity guidelines, preventing the spread of weed and pest diseases, have been welcomed by Federated Farmers’ Mid Canterbury arable chairwoman Joanne Burke.

The guidelines, released last week, included practical advice for farmers and groundspreaders to minimise the risk of spreading unwanted seeds or bacterial disease via fertiliser spreaders.”

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September 2018: Otago Daily Times: Commitment to preventing pest spread

The New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association’s new national biosecurity guidelines, preventing the spread of weed and pest diseases, have been welcomed by Federated Farmers’ Mid Canterbury arable chairwoman Joanne Burke.

The guidelines, released last week, included practical advice for farmers and groundspreaders to minimise the risk of spreading unwanted seeds or bacterial disease via fertiliser spreaders.

Mrs Burke said arable farmers, by nature of what they did, were highly aware of biosecurity risks.

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Toni Williams, Otago Daily Times

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August 2018 – Groundspread: Unsung heroes of agriculture

“I was honoured to recently receive the Federated Farmers’ award for Outstanding Contribution. While I didn’t seek the limelight, it was gratifying to know that the work I have put in over the past 10 years (to help benefit the nation’s farming community) has been recognised. It was also satisfying that my involvement with the FQC was taken into consideration.”

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Anders Crofoot,
Chairman of the Fertiliser Quality Council

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