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TIA operates in close collaboration with industry, government, and other research institutions – and we welcome the opportunity to form productive partnerships that enable innovative solutions for agriculture and food sectors.

National partnership to benefit Tasmanian dairy industry

In 2016, TIA and Dairy Australia formed a long-term partnership to deliver targeted dairy productivity research and extension services in Tasmania.

The $7.6 million partnership recognises TIA’s expertise in delivering research and extension to help drive dairy farm profitability and sustainability. It aligns with the national dairy strategic plan ‘Dairy Moving Forward’.

TIA and Dairy Australia have a long and successful history of shared investment in research, development and extension for the dairy industry.

*Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services with the goal of making dairy farms more profitable.

Supporting productivity of vegetable industry

Among the picturesque backdrop at Forthside on the North-West Coast of Tasmania you will find TIA’s Vegetable Research Facility.

Each year, TIA allocates an area at the 54-hectare facility for commercial trial sites that enables agricultural companies to conduct research into productivity enhancements for a range of crops.

This provides private enterprise with flexibility to experiment with different cropping densities, treatments, technologies and other factors without interfering with their commercial operations.

Listen to Ian MacLeod, Managing Director at Peracto, about why his company has been conducting contract research at Forthside for more than 20 years.

“It’s just ideal to be able to work with the team here at Forthside. It gives us better results for our clients and everyone’s happy,” Mr MacLeod said.

For more information about TIA's Forthside Vegetable Research Facility, please contact the Farm Manager, Doug Clark on 03 6428 2237 or

Developing irrigation and water management capacity

The Water for Profit program was developed in collaboration with the Tasmanian Government, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) and TIA.

The program recognises farmers as an essential part of research and we work closely with industry to ensure an effective information flow before, during and after research. The participatory nature of the program is recognised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as an innovation success story.

Longford farmer, Piers Dumaresq, talks about the knowledge he will apply back into his business.

“It’s a very valuable program. Talking with other farmers in the group, learning about their operation, learning about their irrigation infrastructure and how they use that infrastructure. It’s been a very practical experience, I’ve learnt a lot and there’s a lot to apply back into our business.”

Working closely with Australia’s food industry

TIA’s Food Safety and Innovation team are nationally and internationally recognised as a leader in food safety and predicative microbiology. The team work closely with Australia’s food industry, providing resources through the food safety portal and on-demand training.

Callum Elder, Simplot Australia's Executive Director for Quality and Innovation, provided the following feedback.

"[TIA’s centre for food safety and innovation] is very valuable. My staff at Simplot use it to get expert advice for developing new products and packaging requirements. Sometimes the team answers our questions directly and sometimes they refer us on to another specialist. Either way, we get the expert help we need."

Agricultural research cooperation between Tasmania and China

During 2017, a series of agreements were signed to formalise the relationship between UTAS and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the pre-eminent agricultural sciences organisation in China.

CAAS has oversight of 42 research institutions, with over 5000 professional staff and a graduate school of 4300 students. UTAS is home to the internationally-renowned Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, ranked among the top 50 agricultural research institutes in the world for agricultural sciences.

Potential areas for joint research include soil nutrient and moisture management, soil health remediation, restoration of farmland waterways, and sustaining healthy bee populations for pollination services.