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Farm Institute Insights - November 2014

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...

China's agricultural performance holds promise for sugar and cotton

As the details of the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement emerge, it is apparent that the immediate winners in Australian agriculture are beef, dairy and wine producers. However, analysis of Chinese agricultural performance over recent years suggests that cotton and sugar producers may also benefit in the not too distant future.

Launch of agricultural trade data portal and trade review report

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.

New beef industry structure provides more questions than answers

A proposal for a new industry structure for the Australian beef industry that would be funded by compulsory levies paid by all cattle producers provides more questions than answers. It also raises the possibility of there being no industry body in the future, if cattle producers vote against compulsory levies.

Rethinking agricultural extension

In the second of a series of posts discussing the future of agricultural extension services in Australia, discussion turns to the different operating 'environments' that exists in different sub-sectors of Australian agriculture, and what these mean in thinking about how to optimise the flow of information to and between farmers in that sub-sector.

Spring Farm Policy Journal

Where Australian agriculture stands on the global agricultural competitiveness ranking table depends on how you measure competitiveness, and experts are yet to agree on a ranking system.