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An Introduction to New Zealand's Agricultural Green House Gas Emissions and Management


There is increasing International, National and public pressure to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture and food production at the farm level. Consumers seek premium foods with lower GHG footprints. Understanding Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from pastoral production systems is therefore important as it is the first step to reduce and mitigate the emissions. Rural professionals with a grounding in the skills required to measure the GHG footprint are needed to guide farmers in developing emissions reduction plans for their farming business.

The course will be delivered by a science teams from AgResearch, Massey University and the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre and policy experts from the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI). Course development has been partially funded by DairyNZ’s Transforming the Dairy Value Chain Primary Group Partnership programme and draws on material from an earlier course funded by the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and MPI.

This course aims to provide the rural professional with:

1. A knowledge of the causes of global climate change, as well as impacts of a changing climate on New Zealand agriculture with the contribution of the carbon and nitrogen cycles in New Zealand’s agricultural systems to global GHG emissions;

2. An introduction to current New Zealand Government policy, accounting protocols and emissions trading scheme;

3. An introduction to the skills to undertake GHG accounting for agricultural systems;

4. An introduction to the advice required by farm managers on GHG emission mitigation practices.

On completion of this course the rural professional will be able to understand the reasons for New Zealand’s commitment to reduce agricultural GHG emissions and skills required for rural professionals to advise farmers of management change that will result in by GHG emissions reduction for pastoral farming systems.

Course Calendar:


Activity  (approximately 53 h work in total)

Week One

On-line Stream Study Site opened to enrolled students only. Complete with 5h reading using Web resources for Section 2.

Week two

Complete with 5h reading using Web resources for Section 2 and 3.

Week three

Complete with 6.5 h reading on Section 4 and make notes as instructed in sections 4.1 and 4.2.

Week four

Complete with 6h reading and brief report writing associated with Dairy Case Study using risk assessment matrix to prioritise mitigations for OVERSEER modelling scenarios for dairy farms.

Week five

Complete with 6.5 h reading and brief report writing associated with Sheep and Beef farm  Case Study using OVERSEER modelling scenarios to reduce GHG emissions

Week six

Attend 2 days (12h) contact course.
Sit examination (2h)


Participants must have completed Intermediate Sustainable Nutrient Management in New Zealand Agriculture
(Click Here for details)

Have in the previous 3 years passed the Massey University Paper 189.362 ‘Soil Fertility and Environment’ or the Lincoln University Paper ‘Advanced Soil Management’ Code: SOSC340, with a B grade or higher.

If you can show you are an experienced OVERSEER software user and have a Science Qualification in Agricultural Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles, then our Course Controller may approve entry to the course.

For all course enquiries and to register an expression of interest
or be sent an enrolment form,
please email Fiona Bardell:
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