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Australian farm production returns to trend after phenomenal 2016-17

The gross value of Australian farm production is forecast to dip by 4.6 per cent to $59.9 billion in 2017–18, following last year’s record-breaking returns, according to the Agricultural Commodities, June quarter 2017 issue​. Released 20 June 2017.


Australia’s crop production down, following a record-breaking 2016-17

Coming off the back of a record-breaking 2016-17, winter crop production is forecast by ABARES’ June Crop Report to drop by 33 per cent in 2017–18 to 40.1 million tonnes, due largely to an assumed fall in average yields. Released 14 June 2017.


Life in the fast lane: Australia’s $92 billion appetite deconstructed

New research on domestic food demand​ examines trends and issues behind an 88 per cent rise in the real value of household food consumption since 1989–90, from $49 billion to reach $92 billion in 2015–16. Released 5 June 2017.


Australia’s forestry sector continues to break records

Australia’s forestry sector is continuing to enjoy some of the best conditions in its history, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Released 25 May 2017.


Our agricultural workforce – today and into the future

ABARES has developed a labour survey to identify the amount and type of labour used on farms, as well as recruitment experiences and expectations of farmers when hiring in the years ahead. Released 18 May 2017.


Farm financial performance analysed

The financial performance of the lamb, grain, dairy and beef industries from 2014-15 to 2016-17 are now available from our Farm Surveys and analysis pages. Released 18 May 2017.


Southern Murray-Darling Basin is our biggest water market

The southern Murray–Darling Basin remains Australia’s most active—and important—water market. Read more about surface water allocation trade in the first chapter of theAustralian Water Market Report 2015-16.Released 11 May 2017.


Australian farmers resilient despite the changing climate

Farmers are effectively adapting to changes in climate, according to a new report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Released: 9 May 2017.


Surveying boat owners to protect Australia’s marine environment

ABARES social scientists are using social media to find out how Australia’s 1 million recreational boat owners keep their boats free of aquatic plants and animals and where recreational vessels sail around our continent. Released: 29 March 2017.


Top of the crops: record production forecast

After an extraordinary year for Australian grains and oilseed production, ABARES has forecast yields to return to average levels in 2017–18. ABARES’ Alistair Davidson, said the forecast decline in production came on the back of record crops of wheat, barley and canola following outstanding seasonal conditions in 2016–17. Released: 7 March 2017.


Australian broadacre farm incomes at record high

Farm cash income for Australian broadacre farms is projected to average $216,000 per farm in 2016–17, the highest recorded in the past 20 years, according to ABARES’ Tom Jackson. Released: 7 March 2017.



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20 Jun 2017