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Durum wheat and sunflowers are likely to become a common site on the Canterbury Plains. The two crops are part of food products for the future industry-funded projects looking at novel crops on a national scale. Foundation for Arable Research General Manager Ivan Lawrie stated a key driver of the arable industry’s seed research is the fledgling Seed Industry Research Centre, which supports education and training at all levels in order to complete succession planning for the sector. FAR is currently involved in two Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) projects which are looking at new or alternative crops to provide more diversity and resilience for arable and mixed arable rotations.