Future Farm Industries CRC is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It:

  • Consists of 13 Members and 16 Participants (including all Members)
  • Commercialises Centre Intellectual Property (IP) with the Participants as beneficial owners (FFI CRC's IP Management for Industry Use and Commercialisation Policy)
  • Undertakes research and development, education and training, and commercialisation, to maximise adoption of its FFI CRC outcomes.

Participants (including Members), within the terms of the Participants Agreement, and the Commonwealth Government determine the strategic direction and purpose of the company. These agreements state the Company’s objectives, achievement milestones and the resources to operate. Participants meet at least twice yearly to discuss projects and commercialisation and may make recommendations to the Company.

CRC executive is comprised of a Chief Executive Officer, Research Director and Agribusiness Director. Five Program Leaders are responsible for coordinating the CRC’s research projects with the Executive to maximise the CRC in achieving its outcomes. Other managers are shown in the organisational chart.

Members appoint the seven-member, skill-based Board of Directors to manage the Company. The directors are independent of Member interests. The non-executive directors retire every two years and may be re-appointed. The executive director is the Chief Executive Officer. Resolution of Members' issues is specified in the Company constitution, including the conduct of general meetings. Their roles, appointment/retirement and responsibilities are described in the Constitution Of Future Farm Industries CRC Limited.

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Board of Directors

At the 2012 AGM it was agreed to reduce the board size to five directors, including an Executive Director, who manage Future Farm Industries CRC. The board meets quarterly, and is chaired by Andrew Inglis, a farmer and grains industry leader who is a past Chair of the Grains R&D Corporation and Plant Health Australia, and also past Deputy Chair of ABB Grain.

Other Directors are:

  • Kathryn Adams is an expert in intellectual property management and Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture. She is a Director of the Forest and Wood Products R&D Corporation, the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC Ltd, and Plant Health Australia Ltd.
  • Mick Poole is a consultant with extensive experience in research leadership at CSIRO and the WA Department of Agriculture and Food. He was a Board Member and Research Committee Chair for the former CRC Salinity, and is highly regarded for his expertise in dryland farming systems and landscape management.
  • Prof. Tim Reeves was previously Director-General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre. He has wide experience in agricultural R&D, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management and international development.
  • David Sackett is a farm management consultant with extensive experience in livestock enterprises and the wool industry.
  • Peter Zurzolo is the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director.

 Tipene Merritt is Company Secretary.


    Communications Strategy

    The CRC's 2012-2014 Communications Strategy can be downloaded here. It contains the organisation's communications goals, and the services provided to internal and external stakeholders.

    The Social Media Policy is also available for download, and provides guidance for those using social media on behalf of the CRC.

    Communications queries can be addressed to the Communications Manager.

    Intellectual Property

    The CRC's Intellectual Property (IP) Management for Industry Use and Commercialisation Policy sets out the approach taken to manage IP arising from its investment in research, development, education and training. The policy also covers the use of IP and  project outputs to add value to farming businesses, including commercialisation where appropriate.

    IP queries can be addressed to the Contracts Manager.


    Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) ceased trading on 30 June 2014.

    This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.

    This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.

    Further information about CRC research projects can be obtained by following links from relevant project pages or by viewing the research transfer page.

    The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.