The Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC), the organisation which oversees industry standards Fertmark and Spreadmark, has recently re-elected Anders Crofoot as chairperson.
At the same time, it appointed Jim Galloway to the newly created role of vice-chairperson, securing another term of strong leadership for the organisation.
Mr Crofoot (left), Wairarapa sheep farmer and owner of Castlepoint Station, trustee of the AgRecovery Foundation, director of NZ Yarns and former vice president of Federated Farmers, has had a long association with the FQC. He formed part of the executive team in 2011 and has held the position of chairperson since February 2014.
Mr Galloway (right), a sheep and beef farmer, has also been part of the FQC executive team for several years, while fulfilling his current role of Hawkes Bay provincial president for Federated Farmers.
Philippa Rawlinson, FQC executive director, says she is pleased the FQC is running under continued strong leadership, especially as the fertiliser and nutrient industry is becoming an increasingly visible sector of the food production industry.
“More and more farmers and growers are being asked by food processors for proof of what they are spreading, as well as how they are spreading it. The standards, Fertmark and Spreadmark, cover both of these.
“By using Fertmark approved fertiliser, farmers can be sure that the declared values of the product have been independently verified, so they know exactly what they are applying. Fertmark is a voluntary scheme and has on its list around 80% of fertiliser products used in New Zealand.
“Spreadmark stipulates how best to spread products against a set of strict criteria, including health and safety, geo-mapping, machinery certification and operator training. It takes in both agronomical benefit and environmental impact. By using Spreadmark certified spreaders, farmers can be confident in the knowledge that the spreading job is done safely, accurately and in accordance with recent regulations.”
More information about Fertmark and Spreadmark is available at www.fqc.co.nz.