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Design of an On-Farm monitoring and benchmarking approach for individual pastoral farms

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RFx ID : 20533708
Tender Name : Design of an On-Farm monitoring and benchmarking approach for individual pastoral farms
Reference # : RFP-Farm Soil Carbon Stocks
Open Date : Wednesday, 12 December 2018 1:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Close Date : Friday, 25 January 2019 4:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)
Tender Type : Request for Proposals (RFP)
Tender Coverage : On behalf of procurement agent  [?]
Categories :
  • 70131700 - Land and soil management
Regions:
  • New Zealand
Required Pre-qualifications : None
Contact : Sinead Leahy
enquiry@nzagrc.org.nz
06 351 8334
Alternate Physical Delivery Address  : NZAGRC, Grasslands Research Centre, Tennent Drive, Private Bag 11008, Palmerston North 4442
Alternate Physical Fax Number  :
Overview

“Farm Soil Carbon Stocks: Design of an On-Farm monitoring and benchmarking approach for individual pastoral farms”. The project is a desk top exercise to design a practical on-farm assessment approach for the initial assessment and long-term monitoring of soil carbon stocks, with recommendations for both setting a benchmark and then a regular monitoring programme.

Considerations must include at a minimum:
• How the sampling approach is influenced by soil types on a farm and local environmental conditions.

• A mix of modelling and direct sampling should be considered

• The farm practices across the farm (i.e. grazing, supplementary crops).

• The approaches adopted by other countries.

• Estimation of the likely per farm cost for the initial assessment soil carbon assessment and the on-going cost for monitoring.

• Recommendations on skill level of professionals required to deliver a commercial service for a farmer.

• The size of the change needed for a statistically robust claim to be made about the quantity of carbon being gained/lost on an individual farm.

The Supplier is expected to accurately cost their response. Value for money will be an important evaluation criterion. The budget for the project is capped at $158,000 (including any international travel costs). The contract must be completed by 30 June 2019 at the latest.

The Supplier will deliver the following:

• A report outlining the design and assumptions made for an on-farm, soil carbon benchmarking and monitoring programme for individual pastoral farms.

• Prepare a PowerPoint presentation and present the findings of their report to key MPI and NZAGRC staff in Wellington by 15 July 2019.