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Farmers are awesome, but does it matter? Looking back on last year's ‘Australian Year of the Farmer’, the feature wonders whether marketers should focus on Aussie farmers or their products? The newsletter also looks at the future of agricultural extension. (more)
From where? Home truths about what you're really eating. The newsletter discusses whether social media has supplanted traditional lobby groups; points out the dangers of taking the agriculture sector's official statistics at face-value; and introduces the new FarmGAS Scenario Tool. (more)
Has statistical modelling replaced science? 'In My View' features Kelvin Thomson MP and Senator Chris Back discussing the effectiveness of new live export regulations. Other topics include, future extension models for the grains, and permeate in milk. (more)
Will locavores destroy the planet? Martin Ferguson AM MP and Warren Truss MP give their opinions on biofuels use mandates. Free FarmGAS Scenario Tool released. We explore the impacts of carbon policy on fisheries, and misinformation about Australian food security.
A fog descending on Australian agricultural markets. Senator Nick Xenophon and Senator Richard Colbeck give their opinions on the effectiveness of Australian competition laws. We examine future productivity growth; research product transport costs; and the subjectivity of ethical and sustainable guides.
Food security, food reality and Australian agricultural opportunity. Tony Windsor MP and Senator Barnaby Joyce provide their views on the role of government in the future use of prime agricultural land. Economic impacts of the suspension of live cattle exports; and carbon farming explored for woolgrowers.
Agriculture’s excluded, so a carbon price won’t add cost. Right? Senator Stephen Conroy and The Hon Malcolm Turnbull give their views on the NBN. Also, adding up the cost of transport; encouraging interest in agriculture and food policy studies; and the live cattle exports issue examined.
Can social media bridge the divide between urban and rural Australia? The challenges and opportunities of GM crops are discussed by the Hon Warren Truss MP and Senator Christine Milne. Good statistics, at the heart of strong agricultural, environmental and food policies; the Carbon Farming Initiative under the microscope; and misconceptions amongst journalists that the carbon pricing mechanism won’t affect agriculture.
A career in agriculture – what does the future hold? Joe Ludwig and John Cobb comment on foreign investment in agriculture. The link between private and public sector funded R&D explored; significant flaws found in carbon sink forest planning and approvals process; and misleading claims on release of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Guide to the Basin Plan in late 2010, and the ensuing debate about water policy.
The feature article, Will Australia ever be anything more than ‘five teeming sores’?, addresses the hot political topic of regional development policy. Also in this edition, the dilemma of assessing the comparative value of environmental claims, and the relationship between health, diet and trade.
The neglected economics of water policy. The productivity challenge is revisited due to the Productivity Commission’s current review of rural R&D Corporations, and an overview of the research report: Making decisions about environmental water allocations.
Soil carbon sequestration - lifeline or lead boots? The EU review of the CAP, and the release of the occasional paper, The job market in agriculture in Australia.
Will eating less meat (and ice-cream) cool the world? We review the scientific valuation of ‘environment’ and environmental assets; and an overview of the Institute’s most recently completed research reports: Essential services in urban and regional Australia – a quantitative comparison; FarmGAS Calculator: Final report and case studies; Conference proceedings: Agriculture, Greenhouse and Emissions Trading Conference 2009.
Will the United States Climate legislation be more important than Copenhagen or Doha? An overview of the Institute’s recent publication – The Australian Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme: An introduction for farmers and agribusiness.
Global farm support levels: Australians get a great deal from their farm sector. A look at global food needs now and into the future, and the launch of the FarmGAS Calculator: an online application which enables farmers to model both the financial and greenhouse gas outputs of farm activities and implications of changes in the enterprise.
Event summary: Agriculture, Greenhouse & Emissions Trading Conference 2009. New ABARE modelling analysis released on the potential impact of the Australian Government’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) on Australian agriculture. New Institute research: The costs and benefits of alternative selling arrangements for Australian wool.
Impacts of the GFC on agriculture sectors. We ask a number of industry experts for their views on what direction agricultural commodity markets are likely to trend in 2009. We also examine some of the challenges facing China’s agricultural sector.
Is it drought or climate change? The question is addressed in two articles, firstly by Associate Professor Stewart Franks of the University of Newcastle, and secondly the CSIRO’s response by Associate Professor Stewart Franks. Research released: Value in Value Chains: Collaborative Business Models and Farm Accreditation Systems Examined.
The Green Paper: agricultural uncertainty persists. Following the release of the Government's Green Paper a large range of uncertainties persist for Australian agriculture and it will be some time before these are resolved. Research released: Estimating the Value of Environmental Services Provided by Australian Farmers.
Agriculture to boom with a changing climate. Australian agricultural output is projected to continue to grow strongly over the next 40 years, with the gross value of annual farm output estimated to virtually double by 2050 despite the projected impact of climate change, a new report has shown. Also, getting a balanced picture of the debate on native vegetation clearing.
Agriculture Roundtable Conference highlights. A discussion of developments in farm environmental service payment policies. Research released: The Implications for Australian Agriculture of Changing Demand for Animal Protein in Asia.
Less meat means less heat – or does it? It is highly questionable whether, in reality, ‘less meat means less heat’ – even if offi cial greenhouse emission inventories might be positively changed if less cattle and sheep are produced. A discussion of drought and the challenges it creates for the biofuels industry. Research released: Developing a Good Regulatory Practice Model for Environmental Regulations Impacting on Farmers.
Greenhouse compensation: size obviously matters! The clear message from the recent recommendations of the Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading is that when it comes to greenhouse compensation, it is the size of the business and who owns it that matters. Getting value from rural R&D, and understanding and meeting consumer needs.
Supermarkets in China: fierce competition brings change. The early euphoria over the advent of a modern food retail sector in the relatively untapped China food market is bumping up against the reality of fi erce competition. Getting a balanced picture of the debate on native vegetation clearing. Research released: Productivity Growth in Australian Agriculture: Trends, Sources, Performance.
Property matters. Imagine paying cold, hard cash for shares in a particular company, and then being told the next day that the value of the shares had halved because the company only owned half the assets it previously claimed to own. The uncompensated acquisition of farmers’ property rights is a recurring event in Australia, and one that stems from some fundamental weaknesses and loopholes in Australian law. A brief look at the impact recent droughts have had on Australia’s farm-dependent economy. Plus, a brief excerpt from the address of Australia’s Chief Scientist to the 2006 Strategic Roundtable Conference dinner.
Water policy everywhere, and not a drop to drink! The feature article examines recent water debates, and concludes that most of the problems facing urban water supplies have very little to do with agriculture’s use of water. An examination of developments in the drought policy debate. Research released: Enhancing the Customer Focus of Australian Agriculture.
Clearing the air on land clearing. Public debate on land clearing policies in Australia rarely moves beyond the latest claims about how many football fi elds of native vegetation are being bulldozed on Australian farms every hour. The continuing evolution of marketing arrangements used by farmers.
Farming the new European subsidies. In this article, Terry Ryan investigates changes to the EU farm subsidy system from the on-ground perspective of farmers in Scotland and Ireland. A parliamentary report on salinity reinforces how difficult it will be to overturn accepted wisdom concerning dryland salinity.
Report on the 2005 Strategic Roundtable Conference.
Two new research reports released: Australian Farm Sector Demography and Agricultural Development in Argentina and Brazil.
Research released: Australian Farm Sector Demography.
Research released: Australia’s Farm-Dependent Economy.
2005 Research Program.
Strategic Roundtable Conference 2004.