Ballance is a New Zealand farmer-owned co-operative that helps its customers to farm more productively, profitably and sustainably. From our core business of fertiliser manufacturing, supply, sales and advice, we have grown to offer farmers a full range of science-backed nutrient products and services. This enables us to help farmers achieve soil and animal nutrition and productivity with a minimal environmental footprint. Our agri-nutrient advice is complemented by award-winning web-based farm systems software, which enables farmers to capture and analyse a wealth of information, and so make the best management decisions for their business. As well as supporting New Zealand farmers, Ballance also supplies products to a range of industrial businesses. The history of Ballance Agri-Nutrients Limited is one of foresight, partnership and perseverance. Its origins can be traced back to the late 1800s, when sulphur was mined at White Island, an active off-shore volcano situated in the Bay of Plenty. Conditions were bleak and health and safety non-existent - at one point an eruption killed 14 men working on the island.