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A technological insight into Australian agriculture

ABARES today released a report​ on how information, communication and technology (ICT) is used in Australian agriculture. The report also identifies the key differences in adoption between agriculture sectors and between small and large farms.
Released 1 November 2018.

ABARES Insights on the 2018 drought

A new ABARES update released today​ provides a perspective on the drought, including rainfall deficiencies and its effects on crop production, livestock markets and farm incomes across the nation.
Released 26 October 2018.

Dry September hits winter crop prospects

Australian winter crop prospects deteriorated during early spring following unfavourable seasonal conditions in most cropping regions, according to a preliminary assessment conducted by ABARES.
Released 25 October 2018.

ABARES launches Insights series into Australian agriculture

National agricultural debate, public policy and community understanding will benefit from a series of short, highly accessible insights into Australian agriculture​ launched by ABARES today.
Released 19 October 2018.

Fishery status reports 2018 released

The annual Fishery Status Reports​ has delivered generally positive news for wild fish stocks in Commonwealth-managed fisheries.
Released 28 September 2018.

Latest vegetable farm survey shows incomes increase further in 2017-18

Australian vegetable-growing farms: an economic survey 2016–17 and 2017–18 shows a 12 per cent increase in cash income for Australian vegetable farms to $319,000 per farm in 2017-18. Released 21 September 2018.

Farm production value remains stable despite drought

The value of Australia’s farm production is forecast to remain relatively unchanged at $60 billion in 2018–19, well above the 10-year average of $56 billion, despite very dry conditions in some places, according to the Agricultural Commodities Report’s September edition​​. Released 18 September 2018.

Winter crop production to fall in 2018-19

Total winter crop production is expected to drop by 12 per cent nationally to 33.2 million tonnes, with production declines forecast in all eastern states, according to the latest Australian crop report. Released 11 September 2018.

Wheat rust outbreak could cost Australia up to $1.4 billion

The Potential economic impacts of the wheat stem rust strain Ug99 in Australia​ report estimates a nation-wide outbreak of the wheat rust strain Ug99 could cost Australia up to $1.4 billion over 10 years​. Released 6 September 2018.

Population growth, eating out and fast foods are driving food expenditure to record levels

Australia’s recent population growth has been the key driver of a near doubling of domestic food consumption over the past 20 years, according to Food demand in Australia: trends and issues 2018​. Released 22 August 2018.


In the media

Australian agriculture industry told to make the customer king to secure future – ABC News online, 6 March 2018

ABARES Outlook shows the lucrative rise of Australia’s sheep and wool industry – North Queensland Register, 6 March 2018

ABARES stats system overhaul – The Land, 24 February 2018

Tasmanian growers get more from seasonal worker labour force – The Examiner, 14 February 2018

Winter crop harvest survives tough season but summer yields at risk – Stock & Land, 13 February 2018

Grain production down but above 10-year average – 2GB.com – podcast, 13 February 2018

New research confirms value of seasonal-workers – Australian Farmers, news, 9 February 2018

Australia’s Crop Report – 2GB.com – podcast, 6 December 2017

ABARES report: Smallest wheat crop in a decade – Weekly Times, 5 December 2017

Record Australian agriculture production in 2016-2017  – Spatial Source, 28 November 2017

ABARES Tamworth Regional Outlook Conference 2017 attracts full program of rural leaders – The Land, 15 November 2017

Australian vegetable farm numbers drop, according to ABARES report – Weekly Times, 1 November 2017

Latest ABARES report shows commercial fisheries are shipshape – The Mercury, 30 October 2017

ABARES report – rural R&D up $2.3b to $3b – North Queensland Register, Fairfax Rural Media, 25 September 2017

National grain harvest 40 per cent down on last year, according to ABARES quarterly Crop Report – ABC News Online, 13 September 2017

Family farms: outperforming corporate in operating returns – Weekly Times, 10 August 2017

Australian farm production tipped to near $60 billion in 2017-18 – Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2017

Commodity forecaster tipping cut to winter crop production, but still expected to be fifth largest harvest – ABC News Online, 14 June 2017

What Australians are eating – ABC Radio National Breakfast, 5 June 2017

Australian farmers are adapting to climate change – The Conversation, 23 May 2017

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01 Nov 2018