Future Footprint

Investment in the future

In 2013, AgResearch announced plans for a large-scale reinvestment programme with the aim of positioning the organisation for the long term to deliver better science, more effectively, to New Zealand farmers, the pastoral sector, and the New Zealand economy. This is the largest investment programme focused on agricultural science in AgResearch’s history.

The business case was updated in 2016 year to include expanded plans for the programme since it was first approved by Government in 2013. The $140m investment programme approved by the Government will modernise our facilities and co-locate staff doing complementary work at our Palmerston North and Lincoln campuses in innovation hubs with other partners. Smaller regional research centres will be maintained by AgResearch in Hamilton (Ruakura) and Dunedin (Invermay) focussing on regional science issues such as land use, water use and farm systems

Future Footprint is about:

  • Bringing together science capability internally and across the sector in science innovation hubs, allowing for a more effective and collaborative approach to tackling national science issues.
  • Sparking new ideas and innovation through increased opportunities for interaction and knowledge sharing between our people and stakeholders across the pastoral sector.
  • Maintaining our regional science focus by having staff in locations where they can focus on vital regional issues, such as land use, water use and farm systems.
  • Retaining and attracting talented employees for science and the pastoral sector and fostering capability growth.
  • Reinvesting $140 million to create modern facilities that are functional, adaptable and fit for modern science.
  • Maximising the use of our facilities and specialist infrastructure to achieve better returns for AgResearch, our clients and the pastoral sector.

Future Footprint will see around 200 AgResearch staff relocating to our Grasslands and Lincoln campuses as construction of facilities is completed. This is likely to begin in 2017.

The campuses at Grasslands and Lincoln will sit within science innovation hubs bringing together research organisations, tertiary institutions and industry. FoodHQ in Palmerston North will support the largest collection of food science capability across organisations in New Zealand. This includes AgResearch, Fonterra, Massey University, Plant & Food Research, the Riddet Institute and the BCC. It is supported by the Palmerston North City and Manawatū District councils.


The Lincoln Hub will foster innovation in land-based productivity and sustainability for the New Zealand farming sector. Partners in this hub include Lincoln University, DairyNZ, Plant & Food Research and Landcare Research.






Future Footprint Campus Map