Farm Policy Journals

The Farm Policy Journal is published quarterly by the Australian Farm Institute. It contains invited and contributed articles, addressing a range of policy issues that impact on agriculture. Australian Farm Institute members receive copies of the Journal, and it is also available by subscription, in either hardcopy or electronic format.

The Farm Policy Journal welcomes contributions on topical farm policy issues from suitably qualified persons. Instructions for Authors may be accessed here.

ISSN: 1449-2210 (print), 1449-8812 (online)
Publisher: Australian Farm Institute

Please note single Journal articles are not available in hard copy.

Published 13 Oct 2020

Australian agriculture continues to depend on global markets for prosperity and growth. While our share of global agricultural markets has been declining, exports still remain a vital component of the growth story of Australian agriculture. This spring edition of the Farm Policy Journal contains four articles which explore how Australian agriculture remains relevant…

Published 1 Mar 2020

Conservation agriculture is the dominant cropping system in Australia, yet many conservation agriculture practices are under threat. Accelerated evolution of farming systems is necessary to ensure that Australian farmers can continue to farm in a profitable, productive and sustainable fashion. This edition explores some of the drivers for change to…

Published 1 Sep 2019

The Spring Journal outlines what ecosystem services are, how they might be delivered and examines the potential for what will essentially be a new sector for Australian agriculture. Ecosystem services provide the opportunity for new sources of income and incentivisation for protection of Australian agriculture’s natural capital. However, there are…

Published 1 Feb 2019

Animals have been at the heart of agriculture for millennia, yet today there is a concerted campaign from a vocal minority to reduce – or even eliminate – animals from agricultural systems. While the livestock industry makes a significant economic and social contribution to Australia as an employer, provider of…

Published 1 Sep 2018

‘Nothing is certain but death and taxes’: it is appropriate that the proverb about the unavoidability of tax is attributed to many sources. Regulation (including tax) that impacts on farm business sustainability is a many-headed monster originating from multiple legislative agendas and political platforms. As is made clear in this…

Published 1 Jun 2018

Autonomous and robotic applications are expanding rapidly into agriculture, and new uses of technology for agriculture are emerging almost on a daily basis. Papers included in this edition investigate aspects of the use of autonomous farming systems that will require different thinking and strategy – and potentially new regulations –…

Published 1 Feb 2018

Trust, or more accurately a general lack of trust, in government, business, media and NGOs continues to be a significant issue in 2018. Agriculture is not immune from this lack of trust and is exposed to significant change as a result. A non-trusting general population is enabling a political environment…

Published 1 Feb 2018

The impact of increased market concentration in agriculture has been the focus of much research, discussion, and regulation over the past century. Finding the right balance between markets that are highly concentrated and markets that exhibit healthy competition is an enduring challenge that confronts agricultural policy-makers.

Published 1 Sep 2017

Infrastructure is often taken for granted and certainly doesn’t usually feature as part of impassioned policy debates – until it fails. Whether it’s a railway, bridge, road, airport, telecommunication system or energy transmission utility, as long as it is working then it goes largely unnoticed. However, a major failure of…

Published 1 Jun 2017

The 20-year anniversary of the release of the first commercial GM crops in Australia in 1996 provides an opportunity to review the progress of genetically modified (GM) crops, the extent to which they have or have not delivered on their promise, and likely future developments in genetic modification. Papers included…

Published 1 Mar 2017

The Australian farming workforce has changed considerably over recent decades, as mechanisation and technology have been substituted for labour, a specialist farm advisory and service sector has developed, and many low skill on-farm roles have been casualised. The changes that have occurred in agribusiness are no less significant, with the…

Published 1 Sep 2016

Biosecurity is at the forefront of Australia’s success as an agricultural exporter. Australia has an enviable biosecurity record due to investment in research, development and biosecurity infrastructure. However, as agricultural trade barriers fall and tourism and travel increases, there is an increased risk of biosecurity breaches in Australia, and these…

Published 1 Jun 2016

Factors that affect the demand for, and hence the value of farm land are many and varied, and often poorly understood. Many farmers complain that land values are unsustainable relative to earning capacity, yet existing landholders are often the most aggressive purchasers of additional land. International and corporate investors often…

Published 1 Mar 2016

A critical challenge for policy-makers and industry leaders is finding ways to reinvigorate innovation and productivity growth, in order for the Australian agriculture sector to remain internationally competitive.
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