An independent institute researching policy issues that affect Australian agriculture



Latest news

Farm Policy Journal - Summer 2014: Brand Australia

Does Australian agriculture need a national brand?
Proximity to markets and historical good fortune is no guarantee of future success for Australian agriculture.

Does reporting the average farm financial performance actually disadvantage the farm sector?

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. 

Three new research reports released - Optimising future extension systems in the Australian grains industry

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.

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...

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.