August 2018 Insights

Published 1 Aug 2018

Vol. 15 | No. 3 | August 2018

Growing collaboration and innovation within rural research and development

Garry Goucher from Garry Goucher & Associates and David McKeon from GrainGrowers discuss the continuing relevance of RDCs; determining the right to farm; China’s ‘digital journey’ into high value markets; and is the divide still dividing us?

Published 1 Aug 2018

The vision of the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) is to power the success of Australian cotton through world-leading research, development and extension (RD&E). In creating future success, our challenge is to deliver better outcomes faster each year through our investments in RD&E. Growing collaboration and innovation are key…

Published 1 Aug 2018

Garry Goucher, Garry Goucher & Associates, and David McKeon, GrainGrowers, discuss the continuing relevance of RDCs, answering the questions: ► Is the PIRD Act still relevant in 2018? ► Does the current system of checks and balances ensure the RDCs meet farmers’ needs? ► The Productivity Commission Review of 2011…

Published 1 Aug 2018

Society should determine the right to farm – it’s a controversial statement in the ongoing discussion about the interface between the realities of farming and public expectations about the acceptability of production practices. The introduction or amendment of legislation that would effectively result in specific ‘terms’ to describe the acceptability…

Published 1 Aug 2018

The 2018 Australian Farm Institute mid-year conference – Digital Farmers: Bringing AgTech to Life – featured an impressive talk on the rich digital ecosystem in China and the power of the Chinese consumer. Sharing insights from their own experiences in the Chinese market, James Hutchinson and Tyler Ye (founders and…

Published 1 Aug 2018

► With 99.8% of NSW in drought or drought-affected and 57% of Queensland drought-declared, worsening conditions across the country are having a profound impact on regional businesses and communities. ► The US Government plans to spend $12 billion dollars to help farmers cope with huge retaliatory tariff increases from China…

Published 1 Aug 2018

The divide has long acted not just as a physical barrier between the thin strip of land to the east and the rest of the country, but also in a figurative sense has been a delineator between the city and the bush. Most of Australia’s agriculture occurs west of the…

Published 1 Aug 2018

The Institute has featured strongly in media coverage in the past few months, thanks largely to the successful Digital Farmers mid-year conference, across issues including: rural connectivity, the future face of agriculture, agtech adoption, education, farmer health and the ripple effects of drought. Social media engagement continues to rise, with…
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