A new, world-leading crop research centre in South Australia will boost prosperity for farmers.

Australian farmers set to benefit from AGT's new Southern Crop Breeding Centre

AGT Chair Robert DiMonte, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development SA Tim Whetstone, AGT CEO Haydn Kuchel at the opening of the AGT Southern Crop Breeding Centre on 25th September 2018.

The $20 million development, located at Roseworthy 60km north of Adelaide, will allow AGT to continue its vital crop research, with a focus on wheat as well as emerging lupin, barley and canola programs.

AGT Chief Executive Officer Dr Haydn Kuchel said the new centre was an exciting development for Australian farmers, agronomists, consultants, researchers, consumers and the wider agricultural industry.  

“We are absolutely committed to the success of the Australian grains industry,” Dr Kuchel says.

“It’s that commitment to Australian agriculture that has led to us investing into this new world-class breeding centre. 

“The technology built into this new site will increase our capacity, expand our breeding programs and improve on our existing track record of producing market leading field crop varieties for Australian farmers.

“Growers are continually looking for better varieties with improved performance that can help them stay ahead of their international competitors. 

“As a company, we are proud of the work we do to serve growers and look forward to taking up the challenge to deliver better genetic outcomes in the future.” 

The centre will house more than 30 staff and provide support services to another 35 staff located at AGT’s regionally-based breeding nodes at Narrabri in northern New South Wales, Wagga Wagga in southern NSW and Northam in Western Australia.