The organisation was formed in 1995 and operates under the Commodity Levy Legislation. Every six years FAR holds a referendum of growers. In the 2017 referendum, FAR received 90% support from arable growers, 78% support from maize growers and 66% from cereal silage growers who voted.
FAR funds, or contributes funds to, research programmes, often in collaboration with government funded organisations or universities. Involvement in specific research programmes is driven by the interests of New Zealand growers. Levy funds are also used to secure additional government funding through programmes such as the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund. Research trial results are communicated through on-farm events, workshops, conferences, publications and the FAR website.
Levies are collected on crops harvested, grain cereal, legumes, pulse grain crops, herbage seed crops, oilseeds, and crops grown for seed or for seed multiplication for use in NZ or overseas. Maize grain, maize silage, and cereal silage.
If you grow any of these crops and would like to receive research updates, event invitations and other industry notifications, please contact us with your details.
An Arable Commodity Levy is collected at the first point of sale for all grain and seed, with the exception of maize which is collected on the seed purchased. Levies are set by the FAR Board each year. The levies for 1 January to 31 December 2023 will remain unchanged from the previous year.
FAR exists to support New Zealand cropping farmers and as such, our organisational structure includes strong grower input at all levels. Growers are represented on our Members Council, Board, Research and Development Advisory Committee, and Arable Research Groups (ARGs), ensuring that decisions around research priorities and direction maintain a grower and industry focus.
FAR's research and extension portfolio spans everything from environmental and field based crop agronomy trials to international collaborations with the aim of meeting the identified needs of New Zealand's arable industry, now and in the future.
FAR has a skills-based Board of eight directors: currently, there are five growers and three independent members. The Board meets five times a year at the FAR main office in Templeton, Christchurch or regional sites.