Rural professionals' seminars

Published: March 11, 2020

From October 2019 to February 2020, the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC), New Zealand Institute for Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM) and AgFirst, with funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), held a nationwide series of one-day seminars for rural professionals. Find videos and the seminar handbook here.

Seminars for rural professionals


Seminar for rural professionals - Rotorua

Seminar for rural professionals in progress, Rotorua, November 2019.

The seminars explained the science behind agricultural greenhouse gases, soil carbon and forest carbon sequestration, summarised relevant policies and emissions-reduction options, and shared results from modelling that considered both the financial and environmental impacts of various farm-system changes.

Rural professionals are a key link in the chain between science, policy and on-farm decision-making. These seminars offered impartial, no-nonsense information aimed at helping rural professionals start a constructive conversation with farmers about tackling on-farm greenhouse gas emissions.

Information was delivered by Dr Harry Clark, Director of NZAGRC, and Phil Journeaux, an agricultural economist who consults to AgFirst.

Download the seminar handbook [PDF, 2.2 MB] .

View videos of sessions from the Palmerston North seminar below.

SETTING THE SCENE: Dr Harry Clark presents an introduction to climate change and its predicted impacts, the facts about New Zealand’s unique greenhouse gas emissions profile and a summary of the policies shaping the country’s efforts to reduce emissions. Video: Dave Allen Photography
THE SCIENCE: Dr Harry Clark explains where the main agricultural greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxide, come from and their effects in the atmosphere, then looks at current and future options for reducing on-farm emissions. Video: Dave Allen Photography
ECONOMICS: Phil Journeaux explains how the NZ ETS works, looks at average emissions for different farm types, then presents the results of farm modelling that assessed both the environmental and financial impacts of various farm-system changes. Video: Dave Allen Photograhy
FORESTRY, CARBON AND THE NZ ETS: Phil Journeaux unravels the complexities and debunks myths surrounding the use of forests (pinus radiata and native) as a carbon offset under the New Zealand ETS. Video: Dave Allen Photography
SOIL CARBON: Dr Harry Clark explains the science behind soil carbon, the effects of soil carbon on overall soil health and climate change, and why it is not currently possible to say for certain whether New Zealand’s soils are gaining or losing carbon. Video: Dave Allen Photography
TOOLS: Phil Journeaux takes a brief look at two of the online tools available to farmers and rural professionals for estimating greenhouse gas emissions at the farm level. Video: Dave Allen Photography

Published: March 11, 2020