​The latest from ABARES

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 the Australian 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.

Dairy prices and exports forecast to rise

After a challenging 2015-16 for Australian dairy, ABARES’ Peter Collins says the Australian farmgate price of milk is forecast to rise by 2 per cent in 2016-17 to average 43.8 cents a litre. Released: 8 March 2017.

Bright outlook for Australian livestock industries

It’s been a big year for Australia’s livestock industries, with relief from the drought, high prices and solid farm income growth providing significant opportunities for cattle and sheep producers. Acting ABARES Chief Commodity Analyst Trish Gleeson said that, following exceptional returns in 2015–16, strong results were expected to continue in the coming year. Released: 8 March 2017.

Fine figures for Australian wool

The expectation for sustained, strong retail sales growth will support continued demand for Australian wool exports and strengthening prices for producers. ABARES’ Dr Caroline Gunning-Trant said the price of wool in Australian dollars had been increasing since 2014. Released: 8 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.

Innovation underpins the global competitiveness of Australian agriculture

Innovation has underpinned a steady increase in wheat yields over the past decade—despite the impact of climate conditions on overall production levels, according to new data released today by ABARES. Released: 7 March 2017.

Australian farm production forecast to top a record
$63 billion

The March Agricultural Commodities Report has forecast the gross value of Australian farm production will increase by 8.3 per cent to a record $63.8 billion in 2016–17, easing slightly to $61.3 billion the following year. Released: 7 March 2017.
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Last reviewed:
25 May 2017