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  • 25 Feb 2021

    This paper presents an economic model of water markets and irrigated agriculture within the southern Murray-Darling Basin. The model can realistically simulate the market prices of water, carryover volumes and trade flows across the sMDB along with irrigation water use and area planted by region and activity. In this paper, the model is applied to simulate distributions for water prices in the sMDB, and to estimate the economic benefits of interregional water trading and carryover. Water markets are estimated to generate benefits to water users in the sMDB of $117m per year on average.

  • 25 Feb 2021

    The Snapshot of Australian Agriculture 2021 draws on previously published statistics and insights into key aspects of Australian agriculture: its role in the broader economy, trends in production, industry structure and productivity, risk management, agricultural employment, government support, trade and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 23 Feb 2021

    The latest ABARES Insights paper sets out five megatrends, each of which is framed in terms of three component trends. The megatrends analysis confirms the fundamentals are in place to support agricultural growth, while identifying several challenges to be addressed.

  • 19 Feb 2021

    Live sheep exports are an important part of the strategies that Western Australian sheep farms use to manage the risks associated with a short growing season in spring. This report explores the likely economic impacts of regulations designed to improve animal welfare and make the trade in live sheep more sustainable.

  • 16 Feb 2021

    The Australian Crop Report – February 2021 estimates that summer crop planting in Queensland and northern New South Wales to be 3 times larger than the drought affected season in 2019–20. Estimates of winter crop production in 2020–21 is also revised higher to total 55.2 million tonnes.

  • 11 Feb 2021

    This ABARES-commissioned report from China Policy, a policy analysis and strategic advisory firm based in Beijing, examines the factors influencing demand for five major agricultural Australian commodities in China—beef, dairy, wheat, barley and wine—from the perspective of Chinese buyers.

  • 18 Dec 2020

    This dataset is comprised of 168 species from eight groups of pests, weeds or diseases. It contains risk ratings, categories for entry, establishment and spread, and impact categories for environment and social amenity. 

  • 18 Dec 2020

    This report assesses the benefits from maintaining freedom from Equine Influenza and to help assessments over the costs and benefits of interventions if a new outbreak occurs. 

  • 18 Dec 2020

    Australia’s ten Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) are long-term agreements to sustainable management and conservation of Australia’s forests. This report compiles the data from the RFAs’ outcomes.

  • 15 Dec 2020

    This report about the Agricultural Data Integration Project details this innovative work that integrates several existing datasets to unlock new insights and applications for Australian farms.

Last reviewed: 24 February 2021
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