Hawke’s Bay sheep and beef farmer Sam Robinson is the new chairman of crown research institute AgResearch.
Robinson, who farms near Waipukurau, was chairman of Richmond when it was taken over by PPCS, now Silver Fern Farms.
He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Growth and Innovation Advisory Board and a former member of the Government’s Food and Beverage Task Force.
He is a director of the Port of Napier. Until recently he was chairman of the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust.
Former chairman of textiles research company Canesis Network, Andrew MacPherson has also been appoitned to the board.