The rejection of a call for an independent inquiry into AgResearch's restructuring plan has been called a ''slap in the face'' to the people of Otago and Southland.
AgResearch's admission it largely squandered $15.5 million on buildings in 2007 and 2008 inspires little confidence its latest plan will be a success, two former staff say.
AgResearch's plan to slash the number of scientists at Invermay came under sustained attack at a sheep breeders' meeting in Gore yesterday.
For the past 40 years, Millers Flat farmer Peter Macdougall has used science from Invermay to develop his hill-country property.
Immigration Minister and Dunedin-based list MP Michael Woodhouse is not convinced AgResearch has yet made its case for shifting scientists from Invermay to Lincoln.
A meeting in Gore next week will be a good opportunity to ''bust some of the myths'' doing the rounds about AgResearch's restructuring plans, chief executive Dr Tom Richardson says.
A former AgResearch director, who was on the board when the decision was made to establish four ''centres of excellence'', including Invermay, is disappointed with the plans to cut jobs at the research centre.
AgResearch's chairman has been attacked for saying only a small number of scientists at Invermay are ''mission critical'' to the organisation.
Southern farmers will next month have a chance to air their concerns about AgResearch's decision to cut jobs from its Invermay campus.
AgResearch's refusal to release information about its plan to slash jobs at Invermay is yet another example of its lack of transparency, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.
More than 40% of AgResearch staff who responded to a survey say they will retire or find work elsewhere rather than move as part of the organisation's restructuring plan.
The University of Otago was not given warning about the decision to slash Invermay jobs and AgResearch declined a request to discuss restructuring plans before announcing them in July.
A dispute has erupted between AgResearch and the Public Service Association over the union's decision to release a survey showing only 1% of respondents were happy to shift as part of restructuring.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has admitted there was no ''robust and accepted methodology'' behind shifting Invermay jobs, Labour's MP for Dunedin North David Clark says.
The head of AgResearch says an economic report criticising its case for slashing jobs at Invermay was ''narrow'' and ''subjective''.
Independent analysis of AgResearch's $100 million restructuring plan has ''blown apart'' the case for slashing jobs at Invermay, local politicians say.
The Government is beginning to question its support for AgResearch's plan to slash jobs at Invermay, former Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson says.
Agresearch could reverse its plan to shift about 80 jobs from Invermay if enough staff refuse to move, Beef and Lamb New Zealand chairman Mike Petersen says.
The southern delegation fighting plans to downsize Invermay will make its case to a group representing AgResearch's board and management today.