AFI Forum

Welcome to the AFI Forum, showcasing what we’re up to now and what we’ve done before.

From the vault:

Published 24 Nov 2020

The AFI has been accelerating positive change by leading the farm policy discussion and promoting policy solutions that maximise the economic and social wellbeing of Australian farmers since 2004. As the policy landscape changes – now more than ever – we are making changes to help us ensure a viable…

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…

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Published 26 Sep 2016

The average Australian farmer now manages a business with an asset value of close to five million dollars, and is now spending an increasing amount of time managing staff and talking to technical advisors, rather than actually doing all the physical work on the farm. These two changes have significant…

Published 15 Aug 2016

Debates in Australia about land clearing are seemingly unending, in part due to the failure of many involved to recognise some basic truths, and in part due to the very significant divide between media reports about the issue, and what the available statistics actually say about land clearing rates. Starting…

Published 17 Jul 2016

The latest review of Australia’s agricultural trade performance released by the Australian Farm Institute reveals that Australian agriculture is continuing to lose market share in global agricultural markets, as South American, Eastern European and Asian agricultural exporters capture greater shares of the growth in global agricultural imports. The report highlights…

Published 27 Jun 2016

The latest beef import data for China shows that both Brazil and Uruguay have now moved ahead of Australia as exporters of beef to China. This is a statistic that highlights the smug complacency that some  Australian farmers and policymakers had about the ‘inevitability’ of Australia securing a major share…

Published 24 May 2016

The keynote speaker at the Australian Farm Institute’s forthcoming Digital Disruption in Agriculture conference is Dr David Clifford, Lead Quantitative Researcher, Agronomic Modelling, The Climate Corporation, USA. The Australian Farm Institute asked Dr Clifford a series of questions on the future of digital agriculture.  AFI: What do you think has been the…

Published 9 May 2016

Anyone who has dined out at an even moderately fashionable restaurant in Australia recently would have observed the rush to include providence and credence information as a feature of the menu. Favoured words include “local”, “natural” and “sustainable”, along with the name of the district where the food was produced….

Published 8 Mar 2016

The renewed interest in farming and how food is produced – stimulated by endless gourmet traveler and cooking shows on TV – is a positive development for the agriculture sector in Australia, bringing with it tourists, new customers, regional growth, investment, and even increased undergraduate enrollments in agriculture courses. But…

Published 2 Mar 2016

The forecast of annual farm production for 2015-16 released by ABARES at its annual Agricultural Outlook conference being held in Canberra this week was quite positive, indicating that the gross value of farm production will increase by around 5% compared to 2014-15 and equal almost $59 billion dollars. However, a…

Published 15 Feb 2016

If some of the recent contributions to the debate on future taxation policy in Australia are anything to go by, there is real danger lurking for the agriculture sector. A recent contribution proposing a number of different forms of land or estate taxes highlights this risk, especially when poorly researched…

Published 10 Feb 2016

The recently announced staff redeployments at the CSIRO have generated a flood of media headlines about government cuts to science funding, and the apparent reversal by the Australian Government of recent policy aiming to encourage innovation and productivity growth in the Australian economy. Despite the hysterical headlines, the changes that…

Published 21 Jan 2016

All the controversy over the Australia day advertisement promoting lamb has highlighted the reported increase of vegetarianism in Australia, which has been strongly promoted by animal welfare groups and others as a more ethical and healthy diet. Irrespective of the health and animal welfare merits of different diets, available statistics…

Published 17 Jan 2016

Almost without fail when discussions turn to the weather, media commentators or scientists will report that the particular weather phenomena they are talking about is the most extreme that has ever been observed or recorded, but the frequency of these reports (and even a basic understanding of statistics) leads to…

Published 12 Jan 2016

The predictions were dire, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Australia would face a “Godzilla” El Nino event during the second half of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, with increased likelihood of severe droughts, heatwaves and other cataclysmic weather-related events. The media response was immediate, and predictable. Serried…
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