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Of all the agricultural issues that have vexed Australian policy-makers and farmers over the past 100 years, the one that has created most controversy and which has persisted as a ‘live’ issue during almost the entire period is drought policy. Yet despite what sometimes appears to be backward steps, there are signs that drought policy reforms are slowly resulting in better outcomes. (more)

More than 300 beef and sheep producers across Australia are boosting their bottom line while reducing environmental impact. The Farm300 program aims to reduce GHG emissions of cattle and sheep businesses by up to 30% - while at the same time boosting profitability and productivity by at least 10%. (more)

AFI research finds a lack of knowledge and expertise associated with competitiveness assessments at the sectoral level – including the agriculture sector. (more)

Greg Hunt and Mark Butler discuss the implications for Australian agriculture, from recent developments in international climate change policy. (more)

In January 2015 supermarkets were - again - marketing loss leader promotions on farm sector products. The low-cost marketing may appeal to customers, but it may not be good for the farm sector. (more)

In this edition: USDA optimistic for 2015 outlook; Queensland sugar taskforce; lower rates for drought finance; Chinese fertiliser export tariffs to change from seasonal to flat; and its (very) dry in Brazil. (more)

Media coverage on foreign investment in Australian agriculture, and Mick Keogh awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to agriculture and regional development. (more)

The Institute's Future Trade Opportunities for Australian Agriculture conference will be held at the Hotel Realm in Canberra, on the 10th & 11th of June, 2015.

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