​​​​​​ Comparing United States and Australia’s agriculture sectors

This Insights report compares the Australian and US agricultural sectors, briefly profiles US agricultural policy, and highlights Australia’s exposure to shifts in global markets from the US-China trade war. Released 6 September 2019.

​​​​​​ Drought and climate change are driving high water prices in the Murray-Darling Basin

This article describes the key drivers of water market prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin. The article argues that while much blame for these high prices has been directed at factors such as foreign investors, corporate speculators, expanding almond farms and the Murray-Darling Basin plan, the main driver of high prices is simply low supply due to a lack of rain. Released 18 July 2019.

Author: Neal Hughes.

​​​​​​ Focusing on Australian water markets

This ABARES Insights snapshot describes the why, who, where and how of Australian water market activity and how markets help facilitate short and longer term adjustment. Released 18 April 2019.

Authors: Tim Goesch, Mananann Donoghoe, Neal Hughes.

​​​​​ Droughts, extreme weather and empowered consumers mean tough choices for farmers

This article examines the tough choices industry and governments will need to make in order to reach the National Farmers Federation target of $100 billion in agricultural output by 2030. Released 5 March 2019.

Author: Steve Hatfield-Dodds.

​​​​ Analysis of the Future of Chinese agricultural policy

This brief – Analysis of the Future of Chinese agricultural policy – summarises research into major changes in policy direction since 2017. It analyses new policy directions in China’s agricultural policy, such as supply side reforms, present key opportunities and challenges for Australian agriculture. Released 14 February 2019.

Author: James Fell

​​ Snapshot of Australia’s Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture

This brief contains an overview of Australia’s commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries and six key aspects of Australian commercial fisheries and aquaculture including: industry structure, trends in production, trade, consumption, sustainability and innovation. Released 18 December 2018.

Author: David Mobsby, Robert Curtotti

Snapshot of Australia’s Agricultural Workforce

This snapshot describes Australia’s agricultural workforce, providing key information and statistics in one place. We cover where workers live, what sub-industries and occupations they work in, and the mobility and educational attainment of the workforce. Released 13 December 2018.

Author: Bill Binks, Nyree Stenekes, Heleen Kruger, Robert Kancans

​​​​​​ Better data would help crack the drought insurance problem

While drought policy raises many complex emotional, political and policy issues, it can be helpful to think of it as an insurance problem: how can we best help farmers manage climate risk? Released 5 November 2018

Author: Neal Hughes

​​​​ Analysis of 2018 Drought

This brief describes the effects of the current drought on Australian agriculture, including the extent of rainfall deficiencies and the effects on crop production, livestock markets and farm incomes. Released 26 October 2018

Authors: Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Neal Hughes, Andrew Cameron, Matthew Miller, Tom Jackson

Helping farmers in distress doesn’t help them be the best: the drought relief dilemma

We need to make sure well-meaning policy responses to drought don't do more harm than good. Now many farmers – particularly in New South Wales and southern Queensland – are in the grip of drought. Released: 23 October 2018

Authors: Neal Hughes, Steve Hatfield-Dodds

First ABARES Insight – Snapshot of Australian Agriculture now available

We cover six key aspects of Australian agriculture: its role in the broader economy, trends in production, industry structure, exports, productivity and risk management. Released: 19 October 2018

Authors: Tom Jackson, Kirk Zammit, Steve Hatfield-Dodds

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Last reviewed:
06 Sep 2019