The Minnipa Agricultural Centre (MAC), previously known as the Minnipa Research Centre, Minnipa Seed Wheat Farm or Minnipa Experimental Farm, was established on 13 May 1915. MAC is situated 600 km by road northwest of Adelaide in the District Council of Wudinna on Central Eyre Peninsula. MAC is comprised of a farming property, a SARDI agricultural RD&E team and the Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation (EPARF). It serves the low rainfall (<350 mm annual) cereal and sheep growing areas of Eyre Peninsula – an area that represents about 12% of the total value of cereal production in the state, or about $200 million (ABS 2006/07). MAC farm is 1200 ha of calcareous light sandy loam with occasional patches of limestone and lighter rises, 1000 ha of which are arable. Approximately 75% of MAC is cropped annually. The main function of the MAC farm is to conduct, monitor and analyse broad scale RD&E programs to connect with and value add to low rainfall RD&E programs. MAC conducts these activities whilst demonstrating innovative and best practice farm management practices for low rainfall environments. The SARDI low rainfall agricultural RD&E team has 15 staff based at MAC. These staff collaborate with grower groups and conduct RD&E activities across upper Eyre Peninsula from Nundroo in the west to Cowell in the east and Murdinga/Wharminda in the south.
The Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation (EPARF) is an independent advisory group providing strategic support and planning for the MAC. EPARF is composed of elected members from the EP farming community and representatives from SARDI and the University of Adelaide. EPARF has a annual membership base of around 300 (mostly EP growers) and is an independent fundraising body for MAC programs and activities.
MAC is operated by the South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI). SARDI is the research business group within the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia.
Historically, the major MAC investment partners have been the South Australian State Government through SARDI, the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and the South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT) and the University of Adelaide. This partnership base has expanded over recent years to include several other partners including the Australian Government, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Ag Excellence Alliance and the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board (EPNRM).
Minnipa Agricultural Centre
226 McKenzie Road
PO Box 31
MINNIPA SA 5654
Phone: (08) 8680 6200
Fax: (08) 8680 5020