AgResearch has announced plans to set up an agricultural hub near Christchurch.
The Lincoln Hub represents the largest investment programme focused on agricultural science in AgResearch’s history.
According to chief executive Dr Tom Richardson: “We are proposing to have a focus on farm systems, environmental science and dairying at our Ruakura campus in Hamilton. Much of the beyond-the-farm-gate science is proposed to be at our Grasslands campus in Palmerston North. At Lincoln we are proposing to concentrate many of our on-farm research areas and our Invermay campus, near Dunedin, is proposed to predominantly focus on environmental and farm systems capability,”
He said now that the programme has the support of shareholding ministers, work will commence with a detailed design and consultation phase.
“Our first priority is working through the programme in detail with our staff. We will also be working with our scientific collaborators and sector partners to progress this investment.”
Federated Farmers VP Dr William Rolleston welcomed the news.
“It is no secret that some of AgResearch’s physical scientific infrastructure is getting a bit creaky,” said Rolleston.
“Today is about shortening the journey from innovation. The hybrid vigour of innovation and collaboration is marked by the new Lincoln Hub comprising DairyNZ, Plant & Food, Landcare Research, Lincoln University and of course, AgResearch."