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Slight decrease forecast for Australian winter crop production

The Australian crop report’s June edition says winter crop production is forecast to fall in 2018–19 to 37.7 million tonnes​, with canola and chickpeas forecast to decrease, while wheat and barley production is forecast to increase. Released: 13 June 2018.

Commercial forestry plantation harvests at record levels

ABARES Executive Director, Steve Hatfield-Dodds said the Australian forest and wood products statistics: September and December quarters 2017​, shows the volume of logs harvested reached record levels in 2016–17, exceeding 33 million cubic metres, up 10 per cent on the year. Released: 24 May 2018.

Australians value reducing the risk of marine pests on the environment: new research

ABARES has today released An Assessment of the non-market value of reducing the risk of marine pest incursions in Australia’s waters​, which analyses public sentiment on the protection of the Australian environment from the impacts of new exotic marine pests. Released: 24 April 2018.

Innovative marketing the best way to manage low grain prices

Industry-led innovation in marketing is the key to managing lower grain prices over the five years to 2022-23. Speaking at the Outlook 2018 conference, ABARES’ Senior Adviser for Industry Policy, Dr Rohan Nelson, said low prices inevitably prompted calls for government intervention in grain marketing. Released: 7 March 2018.​

Murray-Darling water markets in good shape

Increased demand for water for some crops such as almonds and cotton in the southern Murray-Darling Basin is being more than offset by decreased water demand for other crops such as pastures and rice, according to new ABARES research. Released 7 March 2018.

Farm performance well above 10 year average

Farm cash incomes are expected to decline for around half of Australia’s broadacre farms in 2017–18 as a result of reduced grain production in most regions and lower prices for beef cattle. Released 6 March 2018.

Quality is key for Australia’s horticultural exports

Meeting the expectations of consumers who are increasingly discerning about the quality of the fresh produce they purchase is key to the ongoing competitiveness of Australia’s horticulture industry. Released 6 March 2018.

Five ingredients for a thriving agricultural sector

Five key challenges will be central to Australian agriculture’s continued success, according to ABARES Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds. Released 6 March 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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13 Jun 2018