NZAGRC Highlights in 2020

Published: January 4, 2021

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Our Highlights document is an easy way to find out what’s been happening across our research programmes and other activities.

It gives you the latest on how our science is advancing knowledge and understanding of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and developing technologies and practices to help reduce them. For example, in 2020, thanks to the low-emitting sheep breeding programme, New Zealand breeders can now measure their sheep and rank them for breeding based on methane emissions.

Our scientists also developed an independent method for assessing the ability of a soil to absorb new carbon and helped model 170 farms in Farmax to develop baseline emissions for pastoral farmers.

We launched an extensive new outreach programme aimed at giving farmers, growers and the rural professionals who support them science-based information on climate change and agriculture and what can be done at the farm level.

We also helped MPI secure significant additional funding for the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases – a major initiative that New Zealand set up 10 years ago that now has over 60 countries working together to coordinate research and build greater capability to understand and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

To read more about these achievements and others, have a look at Highlights 2020 [PDF, 780 KB] .

Published: January 4, 2021