An independent institute leading farm policy discussions for Australian agriculture

What We Do

The Australian Farm Institute leads the farm policy discussions to ensure a viable future for the Australian agricultural community, delivers timely analysis and insights on priority farm policy issues, and promotes evidence-based policy solutions that maximise the economic and social wellbeing of our farmers. 

Featured Content

Published 24 Nov 2021

With COP26 in the rear-view mirror and a looming federal election likely to further inflame climate-focused rhetoric, this edition of Farm Institute Insights takes square aim at the political apathy on climate change leadership in Australia. While industry forges ahead with ambitious sector-specific targets, government ennui not only hinders market…

Published 28 Oct 2021

This paper considers how the agriculture sector can leverage stimulatory regional investment to ensure enduring economic stability and social benefits by establishing a virtuous cycle of beneficial impacts. A strong agricultural sector, availability of regional jobs and financial capital, and improved regional liveability are not only linked but interdependent. While…

Stay across the Institute’s current research and archive of historical reports on the topics shaping Australian agricultural policy. 

Browse the Institute’s range of respected publications, available for purchase or accessed via memberships or subscription. 

Institute evidence and analysis has been influential in developing new approaches on a range of agricultural issues.

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Events

We bring the agriculture community together with events that set the policy agenda. Register for upcoming events and view past events for slide packs, recordings and other resources.

07
Mar
2022

07-03-2022 09:00 AM - 07-03-2022 10:00 PM

AFI Conference – Monday 7 March 2022 – Strangers’ Room, NSW Parliament, SYDNEY NSW – Advocacy is of most importance in times of greatest socio-economic change. There are worrying signs that Australia – and the world – may be on the cusp of such an era of economic upheaval and…
17
Jun
2021

17-06-2021 10:00 AM - 17-06-2021 10:00 PM

Purchase Sessions and Recordings Thursday 17 June 2021 – Toowoomba, QLD & ONLINE Conference Overview: While COVID-19 is the most prominent disruptor of trade in recent times, it is far from the only one. Geopolitical tensions, socio-economic changes, infrastructure challenges and biosecurity concerns are not merely theoretical risks but active…
07
Dec
2020

07-12-2020 10:00 AM - 11-12-2020 05:00 PM

Conservation Agriculture in 2030 Online Conference – 7 to 11 December 2020 – Part 2. Conservation agriculture has transformed the Australian farming sector over the past 50 years by delivering increases in productivity and profitability alongside improvements in soil condition, water efficiency and other environmental gains. Understanding the risks embedded…

Featured Research

Published 28 Oct 2021

This paper considers how the agriculture sector can leverage stimulatory regional investment to ensure enduring economic stability and social benefits by establishing a virtuous cycle of beneficial impacts. A strong agricultural sector, availability of regional jobs and financial capital, and improved regional liveability are not only linked but interdependent. While…

Published 16 Aug 2021

Government policies aimed at addressing risk in Australian agriculture have a long and chequered history. While a range of government programs and schemes intended to improve management of financial risks is available to Australian farmers, there is little evidence to indicate that the majority of past policies can be considered…

Published 29 Jun 2021

The second iteration of the AASF is now available to view. Please view the PowerPoint in ‘slide show’ mode: as the framework contains many levels of information, the interactive document has been designed to allow users to ‘dive in’ to areas of interest and ‘zoom out’ to see the context…

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Featured Videos

Published 1 Dec 2020

How a gas-led recovery will impact Australian farmers

Agriculture & gas production enterprises have different values & goals. For the sake of our farmers & our agriculture sector, it’s time to take our foot off the gas. This short video summarises the AFI briefing paper produced with the support of Farmers for Climate Action and the Australian Conserv

Published 23 Nov 2020

This video provides a precis of the Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Phase 1 Report delivered to the National Farmers’ Federation in July 2020. During the consultation for this report, farmers identified the complexity, cost and difficulty of assessing and participating in multiple programs, as barriers to participating in current…
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