Recent research finds that Australian farm businesses, unlike farm businesses internationally, continue to rely almost solely on bank debt as their main source of funding, and this reliance is likely to limit the future growth of the sector.
The Summer 2016 edition of the Farm Policy Journal contains the two winning essays for the 2016 John Ralph essay competition plus selected entries on the topic: Farm environmental stewardship programs are just subsidies in disguise and should not be adopted in Australia.
Recent research reports from AEGIC examine the grains industry in Ukraine and Russia; main players in what is known as the Black Sea region. Also, Dr Peter Stahle (ADPF) and David Basham (ADF) answer questions about the dairy industry, following a very tumultuous year.
Farm Policy Journal – Spring 2016: Can Australia’s biosecurity standards survive in a free trade era?
Biosecurity is at the forefront of Australia’s success as an agricultural exporter. Australia has an enviable biosecurity record due to investment in research, development and biosecurity infrastructure. However, as agricultural trade barriers fall and tourism and travel increases, there is an increased risk of biosecurity breaches in Australia, and these could have a devastating economic impact.
Jaimie Lovell, NSW Farmers’ Association, and Roger Fletcher, Fletcher International Exports, give their views on the potential of inland rail. Biosecurity risks increase as Australian agriculture moves into premium markets, and beware the statistics in media reports on land clearing.