In 1996, the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government pooled their resources in a joint venture to create the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research (TIAR).
The partnership has since flourished and become a model for research organisations both nationally and internationally.
The formation of TIAR brought together the state's two major agricultural research and development providers and the combination has created an institute that now attracts international recognition for its work.
With research facilities in Sandy Bay, New Town, Launceston and Burnie, TIA has around 160 people, consisting of postgraduate students, researchers, development and extension specialists and support staff.
The range of research undertaken at TIA is extensive, and the institute attracts high calibre, internationally renowned researchers. The research is highly industry-focused and outcomes return millions of dollars to Tasmanian agriculture.
Research programs within TIA also offer exciting career opportunities - from the traditional agricultural programs like dairy, vegetables, horticulture and extensive agriculture, through to less conventional areas such as rural social research, natural resource management and agricultural value chains.
TIA also supports leading national programs in food safety research through the Australian Food Safety Centre of Excellence.
In December 2011 the organisation changed its name to the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), incorporating the Agricultural Science discipline .