[15 July/ Otago Daily Times]

Southland Farmer Jeff Grant has taken over as AgResearch Chairman. Mr Grant said focus would be continuing to build on AgResearch’s ability to deliver highly relevant science to the future of farming to target farm and environmental sustainability issues. Mr Grant said regional council changes to improve land and water outcomes would force AgResearch to provide the science to give solutions and tools for farmers to meet the expectations for high-quality food production in natural and sustainable environments, while also running a viable business. Mr Grant noted the importance of attracting and retaining top scientists and technicians, as well as investing in scientific laboratories, equipment and technology. Mr Grant added he believes the country needs to provide capacity for the next generation to operate in an environment that gives them as much freedom as possible.