FARM INSTITUTE INSIGHTS

Vol. 13 | No. 3 | August 2016


The impact on Australian agriculture of Britain leaving the EU

On Thursday 23rd of June, 2016, the citizens of the UK voted in a referendum which asked whether the UK should continue as a member of the EU, or leave. The resulting vote was 52% to 48% in favour of the UK leaving the EU, and the Government of the UK has stated it will give effect to that decision.

The EU is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. It began after World War II to foster economic cooperation, with the idea that countries which trade together are more likely to avoid going to war with each other. It has since grown to become a ‘single market’ allowing goods and people to move around, basically as if the member states were one country. (more)


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IN MY VIEW

The Australian Rail Track Corporation claims that inland rail will be a ‘catalyst for complementary private sector investments’.

Jaimie Lovell, NSW Farmers’ Association, and Roger Fletcher, Fletcher International Exports, give their views on the potential of inland rail. (more)


IN THE PIPELINE

The project, Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture, is a partnership between 13 of Australia’s 15 rural RDCs, led by CRDC and including MLA, Dairy Australia, GRDC, SRA, RIRDC, AWI, HIAL, APL, AGWA, FWPA, AMPC and FRDC, plus other research partners. The project is funded under round two of the Rural R&D for Profit program. (more)


DISCOVERIES

Australian farmers have always understood the importance of biosecurity as a key success factor in securing the international markets the sector is so dependent on. However, recent research highlights that the importance of biosecurity to Australian agriculture is increasing. (more)


FARM POLICY NEWS

Australian and international farm policy news. In this edition: opportunities from Brexit; bird flu devastates central Africa; crucial support for EU dairy industry; record wheat crop predicted for 2016/17; and NZ’s big plan to tackle predators. (more)


CROSSING THE DIVIDE

Debates in Australia about land clearing are seemingly unending, in part due to the failure of many involved to recognise some basic truths, and in part due to the very significant divide between media reports about the issue, and what the available statistics actually say about land clearing rates. (more)


INSTITUTE ACTIVITIES

AFI held its very successful Digital Disruption in Agriculture Conference in Sydney in June. Conference media attention was garnered from as far as The Washington Post, with the article, ‘Even cowboy jobs may not be safe from robots’.
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