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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) was established in 1997 as a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government and has the primary objective of supporting Tasmanian farmers and processors to improve their productivity and make their businesses sustainable for the long-term.

The Institute supports prosperous, innovative and sustainable agriculture industries through impact focused education, research and development.

Tasmania offers a diversity of climates, agricultural enterprises and irrigated and rain-fed production all within close proximity of thriving regional centres, marine environments and wilderness world heritage areas. These features enable our researchers to explore key questions about sustainable resource management, productive landscapes and climate futures.

The Institute has a dynamic team of 130+ scientists and technical experts, many of whom are internationally renowned. These teams play a key role in connecting to other disciplines within the Univeristy of Tasmania to structure problems and opportunities holistically.

TIA has four main research focuses:

  • Horticulture
    • Dairy
    • Grains and Grazing
    • Agricultural Systems, Food Safety and Innovation

TIA has access to world-class equipment, SMART research farms and facilities around Tasmania to explore these. Over the past 20-plus years, TIA has delivered hundreds of successful research and development projects with global relevance and direct impact for Tasmania’s vibrant agriculture and food sectors.

TIA is also responsible for undergraduate education and the training of postgraduate candidates who make an important contribution to TIA’s research, with strong industy linkages providing unique learning experiences. Close relationships across the agriculture and food value chain at a local, national and international level ensure TIA is connected with stakeholders and that research and education priorities support industry needs and aspirations.

With strong connections to other institutions in Australia and around the world, TIA is creating important global connections to advance agriculture and food sectors at home in Tasmania.

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