The Foundation for Arable Research, FAR, formed in 1995, is an applied research and information transfer organisation responsible primarily to over 2,700 arable farmers from North Cape to Bluff.
Arable crops include cereal grains, pulses, maize grain and silage, and specialised herbage and vegetable seed crops. In 2018 such crops contributed $863 million to New Zealand’s GDP and the industry is estimated to generate employment of over 11,000 FTEs.
FAR CEO, Dr Alison Stewart, says that partnering on A Lighter Touch enables FAR to enhance its research funding and provide increased benefits to New Zealand’s arable growers and consumers.
“Over the seven years of the programme, we will be evaluating a more holistic strategy for crop protection within arable systems in order to help arable growers shift their focus from a strong reliance on synthetic crop protection products to a more integrative system that utilises biological, chemical and ecological processes.”