March 16, 2017   •   News

New Zealand’s Livestock Emissions & Abatement Research Network (LEARN) is pleased to announce their new-look website. The Network, which co-funds annual PhD scholarships and Postdoctoral fellowships and funds quarterly Technical Training and GRASS awards, is sponsored by the New Zealand Government with the aim of building international capability in livestock emissions research.

Visit the website

Read about the current award recipients

February 21, 2017   •   Events

28/03/2017 - 28/03/2017

Palmerston North Convention Centre

enquiry@nzagrc.org.nz

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November 30, 2016   •   News

The third annual Global Research Alliance – World Farmers Organisation Farmer Study Tour is underway in New Zealand this week (28 November – 4 December 2016). This joint activity supports the Partnership between the two organisations and was initiated to better connect the policy, science and farming sectors, and allow for the exchange of ideas and experiences to increase the skills needed to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions on the farm.

The Participants from Brussels, Italy, France, Argentina, Switzerland, Uruguay, Germany, and Japan are selected based on their standing within farming communities in their home country and ability to take up and share new ideas and technologies.

This year’s Tour began with a Forum, opened by the Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries New Zealand, discussions at the forum centred on climate change challenges for farmers and the skills, technologies and practices available or required.  The participants will then travel to the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre and Massey University in Palmerston North before visiting a dairy farm and sheep and beef farms in the lower North Island.

Related: http://wfo-oma.com/news/new-zealand-welcomed-farmers-representatives-to-the-3rd-annual-gra-wfo-farmers-study-tour.html

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/world-farmers-organisation-study-tour-welcomed-new-zealand

May 30, 2016   •   News

The New Zealand Government has opened a fourth round of the Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (GPLER), in support of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

The GPLER invests in collaborative projects that advance innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming. This round is valued at over NZD$9 million and seeks projects in response to research challenges spanning rumen function, nitrous oxide emissions, soil carbon change, and improvements in farm-system emissions intensity.

Applications are welcomed from multi-disciplinary teams that pool the best international expertise. Any GRA member country can lead bids but there are minimum requirements for New Zealand participation that must be met.

The deadline for applications is 14:00 NZST, Friday 8 July 2016. Projects are expected to start by July 2017 and conclude by June 2020. For more information on the GPLER, including downloading the Rules & Guidelines for Applicants and the pre-proposal application form, please see https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-and-programmes/farming/global-partnerships-in-livestock-emissions-research/

May 1, 2015   •   News

Five animal-safe compounds have been identified as being able to reduce methane emissions in livestock by up to 90%. The discovery was made after more than 100,000 compounds were tested by researchers working through the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre and Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium. Further trials are needed, but the search is already under way for a commercial partner to translate the findings a usable product.

The finding is part of the research made possible through New Zealand’s increased government and farmer funding into agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation. Collaboration on the project with international scientists has been made possible through New Zealand Government funding of the Global Research Alliance. Read the NZAGRC media release and related news release.

February 25, 2015   •   News

A position (up to 2.5 years) is available for a postdoctoral fellow who will be responsible for measuring nitrous oxide fluxes from grazed pastures systems based at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.  The project will be purchasing equipment that allows eddy covariance measurements of nitrous oxide and the successful candidate will help install and maintain the equipment, collect data, interpret and write papers in this newly-developing field of research.  The successful applicant will be part of a team measuring carbon dioxide and water fluxes from pastures and wetlands. The team’s goal is to find management practices that decrease the greenhouse gas burden on the atmosphere while maintaining production.  Further details about the team and its research can be found on www.waiber.com.  The full position description can be viewed at the University of Waikato, vacancy page:  www.jobs.waikato.ac.nz, where applications should also be made.  Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Professor Louis Schipper, email: [email protected].

 

February 23, 2015   •   News

The New Zealand Livestock Emissions and Abatement Research Network (LEARN) provides training and research opportunities throughout the year to support developing countries in New Zealand. The LEARN Technician Award provides funds for up to 6 months to train a qualified or experienced technician from a developing country in agricultural GHG emissions measurement techniques. The LEARN Co-Funded PhD provides a maximum 3-year stipend for a co-funded PhD candidate researching livestock GHG emissions mitigation. The LEARN Postdoctoral Fellow provides a recent PhD graduate with 1-2 years’ funding in livestock GHG emissions mitigation research.

For GRA Member countries, the LEARN Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist (GRASS) Award provides 6 weeks-6months’ funds for extended exchanges between NZ scientists and scientists from other Alliance member countries in accordance with the mission and objectives of LEARN and the GRA.

All posts are held in New Zealand. Application forms are assessed on a quarterly basis, with the next round closing April 30th.

More information at http://www.livestockemissions.net/

 

October 9, 2013   •   News

New Zealand organisation Federated Farmers has announced a programme for farmers to travel to New Zealand on an agri-tech study initiative.

Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President recently attended the World Farmers Organisation general assembly, where he announced the programme. The New Zealand government will work with Federated Farmers and the World Farmers Organisation to develop a programme with the specific objective of sharing experiences and to discuss technology transfer needs, especially the on-farm application of research into agricultural greenhouse mitigation technology.

The programme is included as a New Zealand activity in support of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.  

“The Global Research Alliance provides a positive environment for discussing actions to reduce agricultural greenhouse gases. Developing direct relationships with farmers and farmer organisations is of increasing interest to the Global Research Alliance Council”

Read the media release on the Federated Farmers website.

August 4, 2013   •   News

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Third round of the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (the Fund) are now being called.  The Fund is a contestable international research fund set up by New Zealand in support of the objectives of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, in particular its Livestock Research Group. Strong preference will be given to collaborative proposals that involve international partners.

The Fund is aimed at accelerating global research in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming by seeking solutions to three grand research challenges in the areas of (i) manipulating rumen function; (ii) reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soils; and (iii) manipulating the rates of soil carbon change.

There is a maximum of NZ$10 million available for the third funding round. Successful projects are expected to be in the range of $1-4 million and lasting up to four years in duration. Projects from Round 3 are expected to start from March 2015 and must end by 30 June 2019. The Fund follows a two-stage application process, beginning with submitting a short Expression Of Interest (EOI). Successful EOIs are then invited to submit full proposals. The call for EOIs is now open. EOIs must be submitted by 2 December 2013 (2pm New Zealand Standard Time).

Please visit http://www.mpi.govt.nz/nzlivestockemissionsfund to obtain further information on the fund as well as the guidelines and application forms.

July 1, 2012   •   News

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Second round of the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (the Fund) are now being called.  The Fund is aimed at accelerating global research into mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming.

The Fund is open to international scientists, and it is hoped that multi-stakeholder/country consortia bids will be put forward. Projects can be led by New Zealand or international participants, but must include a New Zealand partner. Co-funding from international participants is also required.

Round 2 of the Fund totals NZ$15 million, and supports projects up to three years in duration. The cost of individual projects is expected to be in the range of NZ$1-3 million over the four years.

The Fund will seek proposals in response to a set of high-level research challenges that have been identified by an international strategic science panel, chaired by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman. These challenges are in the areas of:

  • Manipulating rumen function
  • Reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soils in predominantly grazing livestock systems
  • Manipulating the rates of soil carbon change in predominantly grazing livestock systems
  • Improved information for farmer decision making in predominantly grazing livestock systems  

 

The Fund follows a two-stage application process beginning with a short expression of interest (EOI) which closes 27 August 2012. Successful EOI applicants are then invited to submit full proposals. Projects from Round 2 that gain approval are expected to commence in July 2013.

Please visit http://www.mpi.govt.nz/nzlivestockemissionsfund to obtain further information on the fund as well as the guidelines and application forms.