FARM INSTITUTE INSIGHTS

Vol. 13 | No. 2 | May 2016


Graduate supply for agriculture
– a glimmer of hope

School leavers are more interested in careers in agriculture than has been the case for quite a few years, if the latest enrolment figures for agricultural courses at Australian universities are any indication. From a low point in 2012 when there was just over 900 student intakes in Australian agricultural courses, the numbers commencing agricultural courses have almost doubled to over 1,500 enrolments in 2016 based on the latest unofficial data from the universities. While the reasons for this turnaround are not clear, there is no doubt that the decline of the mining sector, the recent strong performance of the agriculture sector, and a range of initiatives by industry groups and the universities have all contributed. While this is undoubtedly good news, there is no room for complacency. (more)


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IN MY VIEW

David Williams, Managing Director of Kidder Williams Limited, and Tom Howard, General Manager Grower Services and Agronomic Development of SunRice, discuss the major advantages and disadvantages of agricultural cooperatives in Australia. (more)


IN THE PIPELINE

In 2011, AFI completed a research report titled Private sector investment in agricultural research and development in Australia. Five years later the Institute will be undertaking similar research with the critically important addition of the word 'enhancing'. Adding enhancing to the title brings a sense of urgency. (more)


DISCOVERIES

For farm advocacy groups, operating under targets is common although not ubiquitous. As part of ongoing research, AFI is examining overseas agricultural advocacy groups and domestic non-agricultural sector bodies, in order to better understand the performance of successful advocacy organisations. (more)


FARM POLICY NEWS

Australian and international farm policy news: in this issue, near-record wheat harvests for China and Pakistan; Brazil’s record soy crop forecast; US farm incomes continue downhill slide; and new country of origin food labelling. (more)


CROSSING THE DIVIDE

One of the biggest challenges facing the agriculture sector globally is the divide between ‘advocacy science’ and ‘real science’, and the fact that the media is generally unable to tell the difference. This leads to headlines proclaiming that a new ‘study’ has quantified the enormous environmental impact of livestock production. (more)


INSTITUTE ACTIVITIES

Find out about Institute staff's recent engagements. Also, speakers finalised for AFI’s upcoming Digital Disruption in Agriculture Conference in Sydney - 2 & 3 June 2016. (more)