Farm Institute Insights

Published 9 Sep 2020

Markets not working well provide an endless source of agricultural policy discussion. Not surprisingly, complaints of market failure, of imbalance of power and monopolistic (or monopsonistic) behaviour, are enticing and often involve the classic David and Goliath battle of the small business failing because of competition from larger competitors and…

Published 1 May 2020

The world is a very different place now compared to when the last Insights was released. The February newsletter was released the day after the Commonwealth Government implemented its emergency response plan for COVID-19 and before the first death attributable to the disease in Australia. Ironically, the focus of that…

Published 1 May 2019

Climate, culture and risk are now mainstream governance issues in agriculture and natural resource management. In a recent risk and governance forum held in Australia, experts highlighted that organisations should undertake rigorous review of their non-financial risks, in particular those related to culture and climate. While some sectors – including…

Published 1 Nov 2018

Pete Mailler and Michael McCormack discuss drought resilience and preparedness; there is an ever-growing divide between voters on the ground and their representatives encased in the ‘Canberra bubble’; research into risk management systems in Australian agriculture; and the imbalance between consumer perceptions and the reality of farming practice and the…

Published 1 Aug 2018

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 May 2018

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…

Published 1 Feb 2018

Opening the GATE: Moving R&D into the future. David Littleproud and Joel Fitzgibbon discuss the key issues for ag in 2018; agriculture and energy pricing; future workforce captures Roundtable attention; anti-GM logic doesn’t add up; social media skyrockets, and staff update
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