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June 2018 – New training course teaches fundamentals of fertiliser spreading

A new online training course, specifically designed for farmers who spread their own fertiliser, provides instruction on the important areas of how fertiliser can be best applied, how farm productivity can be maximised and what health and safety spreading requirements must be met.

The web-based programme, initiated by the Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC) in partnership with Federated Farmers, also includes guidance on good farm practice around minimising the environmental impacts when spreading fertiliser – for example, keeping the spreader hopper covered when moving fertiliser, avoiding waterways and not spreading in windy conditions.

The training tool, the Farmer Spreadmark Fertiliser Training Course, is split into six interactive modules – Introduction, Environmental Impact I, Environmental Impact II, Agronomy, Wash-down and Records, and Spreader Calibration. Each module must be completed before a course certificate is issued. This can be printed and displayed, and added to the farm’s audit file.

Commenting on the development of the training course, Anders Crofoot (FQC Chairman), says the programme is for the farmer who doesn’t use a spreading company accredited to the industry’s Spreadmark* scheme – and who does not have any other means to prove spread accuracy.

He foresees that farmers and growers will increasingly be required to provide proof of accurate fertiliser spreading – especially by food processors keen to certify that their suppliers exercise good management practices (GMP).

“As consumer demand for traceability, transparency and provenance continues to rise around the world, more and more food processors from the milk, meat and cropping industries will adopt GMP incentive schemes, such as Synlait’s Lead with Pride programme – which rewards suppliers who meet a set of stewardship standards,” he says.

“The new Farmer Spreadmark Fertiliser Training Course will certify farmers in the fundamentals of fertiliser spreading and also enable them to take advantage of GMP schemes.” Will it?

The Farmer Spreadmark Fertiliser Training Course was devised by Quality Consultants of New Zealand (QCONZ) and supported by the Waikato and Canterbury Regional Councils.

It costs $55 and can be accessed at

Download the Guidelines for the Storage and Handling of Bulk Ferliser.

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December 2017 – NFR: Close knit team adds strength to fertiliser spreading service

“There is much to be said for being a small organisation representing a niche industry sector (fertiliser spreading), and a niche industry service (Spreadmark)”…

By Dean Brooks
President of the New Zealand Groundspread Fertiliser Association (NZGFA)

Read the full story at (pg 18 – 19)

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November 2017 – Scoop News: Website covers new ground for fertiliser spreaders

Press Release – New Zealand Groundspread Fertiliser Association

Website covers new ground for fertiliser spreaders A new website has been launched by the New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association (NZGFA). The site – – promotes best practice fertiliser spreading. It was recently unveiled alongside a new logo at the NZGFA 61st annual conference.

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Sept 2017 – Farmers Weekly: Fertiliser visionaries owed debt.

“The election’s come and gone. It’s on no-one is much the wiser and the sun will still rise in the morning.  The good news is that politicians will revert to type and we wont have to suffer all the bluff and bluster.”

By Alan Emerson
Semi-retired Wairarapa Farmer and businessman.

read the full artilce at (pg 30)

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