FAR Australia was formed in 2012 with the primary objective of providing applied research project management, research, extension and training services to the Australian grains industry and to foster better research and extension linkages between the Australian and New Zealand agricultural research sectors. FAR Australia is a not-for-profit company within the international research organisation FAR Group which includes the New Zealand cropping levy organisation FAR New Zealand. FAR places considerable emphasis on quality research outcomes and excellence in field research and extension. The organisation has office bases in Bannockburn near Geelong in southern Victoria and Mulwala in southern NSW, but is involved in cropping research across Australia. The FAR Australia board has directors drawn from both sides of the Tasman. The primary role of FAR Australia is applying science innovation to profitable outcomes in the field, through excellence in applied field research and interpretation of research for use on farm.
FAR Australia staff carry out a wide range of field research projects partnering and collaborating with a number of higher science bodies including universities, state departments and CSIRO. The organisation is integrally involved in extension and training of growers and advisors working with regional farming groups and the cropping levy body GRDC to provide cutting edge, field proven research outcomes for adoption by growers. In addition to a range of national and regional research projects, FAR Australia runs its own field research centres in collaboration with industry partners depending on location.
FAR Australia's national and regional research programmes, extensive collaborating linkages and field research centres give an ideal platform to independently showcase the best innovations in both the Australian and New Zealand cropping industries.