May 2018 Insights

Published 1 May 2018

Vol. 15 | No. 2 | May 2018

Why farmers must be involved in the animal welfare policy environment

Why farmers must be involved in the animal welfare policy environment. Heather Neil from RSPCA Australia and David Jochinke from the VFF discuss Australian farm animal welfare practices and how farm animal welfare should be assessed; agricultural statistics; high value export markets push focus to provenance; and welfare concerns divide perception from reality

Published 1 May 2018

Heather Neil, RSPCA Australia, and David Jochinke, Victorian Farmers Federation, answer the questions about Australian farm animal welfare practices and how farm animal welfare should be assessed. Should physiological indicators be used, or will farm animal welfare standards ultimately be determined by consumer sentiment? Should consumers make decisions about animal…

Published 1 May 2018

For over a century, agricultural statistics produced by ABS and ABARES have contributed to knowledge and understanding of the Australian agriculture sector. Agricultural policy, research and development activities and funding, and the production, marketing, trade and distribution of commodities have all relied on these statistics. An abundance of data and…

Published 1 May 2018

Australia’s agricultural performance has historically been underpinned by high volume exports of commodities such as wheat, wool and beef. However, high value markets for fresh produce are now a significant driver of growth and these markets require a dedicated approach to establishing and maintaining the provenance of ‘clean’ production. This…

Published 1 May 2018

US President Trump’s about-face on the TPP has been called ‘a jaw-dropping policy reversal’ and is not good news for Australian farmers. Dr Wendy Craik is undertaking an independent review of the EPBC Act. Australia’s largest dairy company, Murray Goulburn, will be sold to its Canadian competitor Saputo at the…

Published 1 May 2018

The divide between urban and rural attitudes on certain subjects has never been more evident than in the current community discussion about the management of kangaroos in rural Australia. The issue has been brought to the fore by the release of a documentary called Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story, which has…

Published 1 May 2018

Founding Executive Director Mick Keogh will leave the Institute on 29 May 2018 to take up a full-time role as a Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), with a focus on agricultural and small business issues. Mick has been working with the ACCC in a part-time capacity…
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