FAR's research and extension portfolio supports our vision of “A vibrant and profitable arable sector producing healthy, value-added food, feed and seed." Research is split between three themes: Maximising productivity and value; Environmental and social best practice; and Resilient cropping in farming systems. Each year, in consultation with growers up and down the country, we review and update the short, medium and long-term projects within each theme.
Approximately 40% of FAR's research investment is focused on maximising the productivity and value of our cropping systems, with the majority targeted to crop agronomy and pest management.
Theme leader: Richard Chynoweth.
Approximately 20% of FAR's research investment is targeted at delivering environmental and social best practices. A large proportion of the investment in this theme is aimed at supporting the sustainable management of inputs.
Theme leader: Abie Horrocks. View the Environmental and Social Best Practice Strategy.
Approximately 20% of FAR's research budget is intended to deliver resilient cropping in farming systems, with the largest investments in managing pesticide resistance and identifying future alternatives to at-risk chemistry.
Theme leader: Andrew Pitman.