Financed primarily from Ministry of Agriculture grants, early research concentrated on tractor safety frame testing, fencing, carcass disposal, farm water supply, and agricultural aviation. In 1979, NZAEI opened a second research division in Ruakura, Hamilton.
In 1994, NZAEI merged with the Kellogg Farm Management Unit and the Centre for Resource Management to form Lincoln Ventures Ltd. In 2012, the company changed its name to Lincoln Agritech Ltd to reflect its unique position as an independent agritech-focused science and engineering research company, owned by Lincoln University.
From its beginnings as primarily a heavy machinery testing facility, Lincoln Agritech has expanded to become a leading innovator for the agricultural, industrial, and environmental sectors. Many technology innovations developed at Lincoln Agritech have been adopted by the primary sector in New Zealand and internationally.
Read about our first 50 years in this booklet.