FLRC Shortcourses

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 emissionmitigation 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.

Due to Covid-19, courses held in 2020 are currently run fully on-line over 10 weeks.

Course Calendar:

 

Activity  (approximately 65 h work in total)

Week One

On-line Stream Study:
Site opened to enrolled students only. Complete lecture and readings on an Introduction to Greenhouse Gases.
Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.

Week two

Complete lecture and readings on
(i) Policy relating to NZ’s commitment to GHG reduction and
(ii) NZ’s GHG accounting and inventory.
Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.

Week three

Complete lecture and readings on NZ’s Agricultural GHG Emissions in a Global and National Context. NZ\s GHG emissions sectors.
Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.

Week four

Complete lecture and readings on nitrogen excretion, nitrous oxide and ammonia volatilisation.
Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.

Week five

Complete lecture and readings on methane production by ruminants: its synthesis and ways to mitigate it.
Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.

Week six

Complete lecture and readings on Basics of The NZ Emissions Trading Scheme for forests.
Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.

Week seven

Complete lecture and readings on OVERSEER modelling scenarios to reduce GHG emissions and Dairy Case Study.
Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.

Week eight

Complete reading and brief report writing associated with Sheep and Beef farm Case Study using OVERSEER modelling scenarios for to reduce GHG emissions.
Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.

Week nine

Complete lecture and readings on Contrasting Dairy Farm Systems. Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.
Complete lecture and readings on GHG Capability Building.
Attend Compulsory Online Tutorial.

Week ten

Study time.
Sit examination (2 hours & 15 minutes).


Prerequisites:

Participants must have completed Intermediate Sustainable Nutrient Management in New Zealand Agriculture

or
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.

or
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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