The use of digital agriculture systems enables farmers to change from paddock and herd average management, to square metre and individual animal management, with reported subsequent increases in farm productivity. Gains of the order of 10% to 15% have been recorded in cropping systems. MORE
David Williams and Tom Howard on the advantages and disadvantages of agricultural cooperatives; when the media can’t tell the difference between ‘advocacy science’ and ‘real science’; and enhancing private-sector agricultural RD&E investment in Australia.
A critical challenge for policy-makers and industry leaders is finding ways to reinvigorate innovation and productivity growth, in order for the Australian agriculture sector to remain internationally competitive.
Brent Finlay and John Connor see opportunity for Australian farmers from Paris Conference; the competitiveness of the Australian livestock export industry; research highlights trends in the use of private advisory services by Australian farmers; and productivity is put at risk when marketing values consumer whims over science.
Contains the two winning entries from the 2015 John Ralph Essay Competition - plus a selection of other meritorious essays, from over 60 entries. This year's topic was: Australian agriculture should forget about the pursuit of productivity, and instead focus on premium markets.