FARM INSTITUTE INSIGHTS

Vol. 13 | No. 1 | February 2016


Some implications of the Paris climate agreement for Australian agriculture

The recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris was overshadowed by the horrific terrorist attacks that preceded it, with the result that the possible implications of the agreement have not been given as much attention as might be expected. This is especially the case for the Australian agriculture sector, which contributes approximately 15% of total national emissions, and is therefore likely to be included in policies that are developed with the aim of achieving Australia’s future emission targets. (more)


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IN MY VIEW

Brent Finlay, President of the National Farmers’ Federation, and John Connor, Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Institute discuss opportunities for Australian farmers from the Paris Climate Change Conference. (more)


IN THE PIPELINE

AFI is conducting research into the competitiveness of the Australian livestock export sector and its place within the agricultural economy. The report will cover global trends in livestock exports, and attempt to identify determinants of overseas demand and supply. (more)


DISCOVERIES

Research conducted by the Australian Farm Institute in 2014 examined the role of advisory services in the Australian grains sector, and further recent research conducted for the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations has highlighted trends in the use of private advisory services by Australian farmers. (more)


FARM POLICY NEWS

Australian and international farm policy news: Argentina targets Australian markets, as it axes taxes on exports; corn prices in the US; Brazil’s economic turmoil; and the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) 12 months on. (more)


CROSSING THE DIVIDE

Two recent media stories have highlighted the growing divide between science and the realities of consumer marketing in the digital age. In each instance, the sentiment appears to be a belief by consumers that poultry fed GM grains or beef produced with HGPs carries a risk of causing harm to the consumer. The science on both these issues is absolutely clear, and unchallenged. (more)


INSTITUTE ACTIVITIES

The Digital Disruption in Agriculture conference will take a very detailed look at the possibilities that are being provided by digital technologies and pose questions about how to ensure that those possibilities can be realised - Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June, 2016 at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport. Also, AFI welcomes two new staff members: Richard Heath has been appointed General Manager, Research; and Nicole Day has been appointed to the role of Research Officer. (more)