Rural professionals' seminars

Between October 2019 and 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.

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 forestry 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 practical, science-based information aimed at helping rural professionals start a constructive conversation with farmers about agriculture and climate change.

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

Download the seminar handbook [PDF, 2.2 MB] .

View videos of sessions from the Palmerston North seminar held in Palmerston North in October 2019 below.

Palmerston North seminar video one: Setting the scene

VIDEO 1 - 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.

See pages 3–24 of seminar handbook. Video: Dave Allen Photography

Palmerston North seminar video two: The science

VIDEO 2 - 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.

See pages 25–40 of seminar handbook.
Video: Dave Allen Photography

Palmerston North seminar video three: Economics

VIDEO 3 - 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.

See pages 41–68 of seminar handbook. Video: Dave Allen Photography

Palmerston North seminar video four: Forestry, carbon and the NZ ETS

VIDEO 4 - 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.

See pages 69–78 of seminar handbook. Video: Dave Allen Photography

Palmerston North seminar video five: Soil carbon

VIDEO 5 - 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.

See pages 79–90 of seminar handbook. Video: Dave Allen Photography

Palmerston North seminar video six: Tools

VIDEO 6 - 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.

See pages 91–94 of seminar handbook. Video: Dave Allen Photography

Planning for a series of more in-depth and hands-on seminars is now underway. Check this page for more information.