Around 300 arable farmers recently gathered at Lincoln University for the Foundation for Arable Research's annual conference with a focus on "growing sustainable futures".
FAR board chairman and Canterbury cropping farmer David Birkett says he believes despite some challenging years, the industry has plenty to offer.
"We think there's a lot of opportunity there for the arable industry, so it's making sure we utilise and maximise those opportunities. I think there's still a good future and a lot of that will be around our seed production."
The conference included discussions on genetic technology, including gene editing, crop disease management and biosecurity and future foods.
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Birkett said that when it was first established FAR's focus was on agronomy or "how to grow crops better".
While agronomy still a major focus, attention has shifted to addressing climate change, regulations and a changing global market.
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