Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is a research institute in Tasmania dedicated to research and development of sustainable agricultural industries. Founded in 1996, it is a collaborative effort of the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and the Tasmanian Government. TIA is headquartered in Hobart with additional facilities in Launceston, Burnie, Elliot, Forth and Cressy.

Funding[edit]

TIA receives funding from its joint venture partners (UTAS and the Tasmanian Government) as well as agricultural organisations in Tasmania and around the world, agricultural companies and other funding bodies.[1]

Structure[edit]

TIAR employs around 160 scientists, technicians, farm hands and administrative staff across the state.[2] It also has a close relation with the School of Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania, providing research opportunities for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows.[3] TIAR is divided into five Centres – Dairy, Extensive Agriculture, Food Safety, Perennial Horticulture and Vegetable – and four Themes – Climate Change, Natural Resource Management, Agricultural Value Chains, and Education and Training.[4]

Scope of research, development and extension[edit]

TIA is actively involved in all the major agricultural industries in Tasmania. These include dairy, sheep-meat and wool, cattle, broad-acre crops such as barley and wheat, vegetable production, wine-making [see Tasmanian wine] and grape growing, fruit and nuts, pyrethrum and poppies (for the production of pharmaceutical opioids). TIA has a close relationship with both Dairy Australia and DairyTas.[5][6] An example of TIA's work in the livestock industry is the Red Meat Targets program. The aims of the program are: "Providing industry-wide financial benchmarking of Tasmania's beef, wool and sheep-meat industries; helping identify the key underlying profit drivers for industries in Tasmania; and providing farmers with opportunities for comparison between enterprises, and within industry comparisons of individual businesses."[7]

Locations and facilities[edit]

TIAR was established in 1996 and today it has research and teaching facilities at Sandy Bay and New Town in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.[2] Its head office is located at the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus in Hobart.[8] In addition, it has farm research facilities at Elliott, Forth and Cressy.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ For example, see the list of funding bodies in the 2010 TIAR annual report.
  2. ^ a b "History of TIA", Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  3. ^ "About Us", Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Organisational Structure Diagram", Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ DairySmart program]
  7. ^ Farmpoint
  8. ^ "Contact Us", Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  9. ^ Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Strategic Plan 2012–16, University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 2 June 2013. p23.

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