[17 January/The Country]

The Foundation for Arable Research has appointed Dr Alison Stewart as its new CEO to replace Nick Pyke who signalled last year that it would be stepping down from the role he has held since the organisation was founded in 1995.  Dr Stewart is currently General Manager Forest Science at Scion and will take on her new role in mid-March.  FAR levy payers voted overwhelmingly in support of continued investment in research and extension in the arable sector last year, and Chair, David Birkett, noted that Dr Stewart has a strong understanding of the New Zealand science sector, particularly as it relates to primary industries, and is familiar with FAR and its research having been a member of the independent external programme management review panel that overviewed the organisations activities in 2016.