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An independent institute researching policy issues that affect Australian agriculture
Does Australian agriculture need a national brand?
Proximity to markets and historical good fortune is no guarantee of future success for Australian agriculture.
One of the farm-sector statistics released each year by ABARES at the Outlook conference is average farm cash income. It is commonly assumed to reflect the level of income earned by the average farmer, but both the definitions used to identify a farmer, and the distribution of farm sizes means the statistic is fairly meaningless, when it comes to the average income earned by a farm business.
A less than optimal agricultural extension system will act as a considerable brake on the level of productivity growth. Recent research examines the Australian system and provides a dozen recommendations for improvement.
According to scientists and environmental groups, current environmental policy settings in Australia are inadequate to prevent accelerating and irreparable damage to the environment. Perhaps it’s time to consider a radically different set of policies, and not more of the same...
The Australian Farm Institute has developed a series of online databases detailing agricultural production, consumption and trade. This information can be accessed by Institute members for planning purposes. The information is aimed at encouraging greater national efforts in improving Australian agricultural trade access to international markets.