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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.

Steady growth forecast for farm production and exports

The latest ABARES Agricultural Commodities report forecasts a return towards trend for farm production and exports in 2017–18, before steady growth over the next five years.. Released: 6 March 2018.

Modernising Australia’s agricultural statistics

ABARES and ABS are working with industry to modernise the agricultural statistics system to reduce burden on farmers, minimise data collection costs and improve the accuracy and quality of statistics. Released 22 February 2018

Late boost to winter crop production

Favourable seasonal conditions in spring and early summer have resulted in the 2017–18 winter crop harvest exceeding expectations in some key growing regions of Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia, according to the February 2018 Australian Crop Report. Released 13 February 2018.

What difference does labour choice make to farm productivity and profitability in the Australian horticulture industry? A comparison between seasonal workers and working holiday makers

A report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has assessed the contribution of working holiday makers and workers from the Seasonal Worker Programme to Australian horticulture and found each group offers unique advantages to employers. Released 6 February 2018.

Robust growth in the value and production of Australia's fisheries and aquaculture industry

The gross value of Australian fisheries and aquaculture production (GVP) increased by 9 per cent to $3 billion in 2015-16, according to the ABARES Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2016 reportReleased 20 December ​2017.

Latest Agricultural commodities report reveals a mixed forecast on farming front

Poor climate conditions in grain-growing regions have contributed to the gross value of farm production being forecast to reach $59 billion in 2017-18, down seven per cent from a record of $63 billion in 2016-17, according to ​Agricultural commodities, December quarter 2017. Released 12 December ​2017.

Latest crop report reveals lower than average yields

Prospects for total winter crop production in Australia have fallen slightly during spring, due to the varied condition of crops and mixed seasonal conditions, according to the Australian crop report released today. Released 5 December 2017.

Estimating the impact of a Xylella incursion in Australia

A Xylella fastidiosa incursion could cost Australia’s wine grape and wine-making industries up to $7.9 billion over 50 years, according to a new ABARES biosecurity economics report​. Released 23 November 2017.

Snapshot of Australian agriculture reveals record production in 2016-17

Our latest map of Australia’s agricultural industries shows cotton was the highest revenue​ crop per tonne produced and per hectare sown in 2015-16, while sugar cane was the highest yielding per hectare. Released 21 November 2017.

Updated mapping provides status of land use in Australia

Over 585 million hectares, or 76 per cent, of Australia’s land use mapping information has been updated for the Catchment scale land use of Australia – Update September 2017. Released 14 November 2017.

Vegetable industry cash income rates highest in a decade

Increased production levels per farm and higher market prices for produce led to improved income levels for vegetable growers in 2015-16, according to ABARES’ latest vegetable industry survey. Released 14 November 2017.

Another great year for Australia's forestry sector

Our Australian forest and wood products statistics: March and June quarters 2017, report shows the forestry industry is now in its fourth consecutive year of growth. Released 7 November 2017.

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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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24 May 2018