Wool, red meat, cereals and grain legumes collectively account for about one third of the total gross value of Tasmania's agricultural production. The significant contribution of these industries is reflected in the breadth of research that TIA conducts to support them.
TIA's applied research for the extensive agriculture sector aims to address industry problems with practical solutions. Plant breeding and improvement are a major focus, and better management of existing farming systems is also investigated. TIA is also partner in a venture which expedites the commercial release of new pasture species and cultivars.
Where possible, research activity is linked with similar programs nationally and internationally, and is conducted in close cooperation with industry.