Exploring our differences and similarities

Developing a strategic and co-learning approach to farm system design was tested in a recent project undertaken by AgResearch and mana whenua with Memorandum of Understanding partner Nga Uri o Te Ngahere Trust (the Trust). AgResearch engagement with the Trust was part of an on-going regional based pilot project. Our approach on the regional project […]

AgResearch and Te Tumu Paeroa partnership to benefit Māori agribusiness

AgResearch and Te Tumu Paeroa: the new Māori Trustee have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which signifies a new long-term relationship with positive implications for the future of Māori agribusiness in New Zealand. The agreement signifies an on-going, long-term partnership between New Zealand’s leading agricultural research organisation and a significant Māori land administrator, with […]

Reducing nitrogen losses from Lake Rotorua dairy farms

Farm productivity and profitability and a healthy environment are not mutually exclusive. Tanira Kingi from AgResearch’s Land and Environment Group, along with Stewart Ledgard and the Nutrient Management and Environmental Footprinting team, has been working with dairy farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment area for the past three years, measuring and modelling different nitrogen applications […]

Greenhouse gas mitigation options for Māori pastoral farmers

The New Zealand agricultural industry is commited to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to meet its requirements under the Kyoto Protocol. But for some farmers it can be a challenge to balance economic and environmental concerns. Farmers want to remain profitable, but increasing farm production can increase greenhouse gas emissions, which has implications for global warming […]

Social return on investment tool

AgResearch staff have been inundated with interest in an evaluation tool developed to help grow Māori agribusiness. AgResearch senior scientists Oscar Montes de Oca Munguía and Hoani Ponga began working on the Social Return on Investment evaluation tool in late December 2012. The one-year project, funded by the Ministry of Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund, […]

Tūhono Whenua: Benchmarking Framework for Māori Agribusiness

Māori agribusiness is a key component of the New Zealand agricultural industry. Approximately 1.55 million hectares, or six per cent of New Zealand’s total land area, has been identified as Māori freehold land (including farms owned by individual farms and those run or managed by trusts and incorporations). Agricultural assets held by Māori trusts, incorporations […]

Biopesticide work paving way to sustainable future

A new research programme has been launched to develop the next generation of biopesticides to meet global demand for chemical residue-free produce and sustainable production systems. ​The research will be undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from AgResearch, Lincoln University and Plant & Food Research, working together in the Bio-Protection Research Centre, based at […]