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Not a bad time to be a farmer

Mick Keogh - Monday, February 13, 2017

The release by ABARES of Australian Commodity Statistics in December each year provides an opportunity to look at some of the longer-term trends occurring in the Australian agriculture sector, and there is no doubt that the most recent batch of statistics released paints a very positive picture for most sub-sectors. View the rest of the post here

 
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Agriculture doing all the work on reducing greenhouse emissions

Mick Keogh - Monday, January 30, 2017

The Australian agriculture sector is almost entirely responsible for Australia meeting its international greenhouse emission commitments, with the sector being virtually the only economic sector to have reduced annual emissions since 1990, and also contributing more than 80% of the total emission reduction contracted under the Australian Government's Emission Reduction Fund (ERF) auctions. Greenhouse emission abatement projects contracted under the ERF are now generating an estimated $239 million in annual revenue for Australian farmers.  View the rest of the post here

 
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What does 2017 hold for Australian agriculture ?

Mick Keogh - Monday, January 23, 2017

Attempting to forecast how Australian agriculture will fare in 2017 is an exercise fraught with risk, but it’s probably fair to assume that for most involved in the sector, 2017 will not be as good as 2016. Very favourable seasonal conditions combined with high livestock prices meant that the gross value of agricultural production will exceed $60 billion in 2016, about 16% higher than the average figure for the preceding five years,according to ABARESView the rest of the post here

 
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What goes faster - farmers or racehorses?

Mick Keogh - Monday, November 14, 2016

The recent running of the Melbourne Cup provided an opportunity to compare the productivity gains by the thoroughbred racing industry and the Australian farm sector. By using improvements in the time of the winning horse as a proxy for productivity gains by the thoroughbred industry, and the recently published national agricultural productivity growth figures for Australia published by the US Department of Agriculture an interesting comparison can be made. Which sector do you think has enjoyed the greatest 'productivity growth'? View the rest of the post here

 
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An offer from farmers to help Michelle Bridges.

Bill Farmer - Monday, October 24, 2016
Dear Michelle, you might recall I wrote to you back in 2014 in response to some comments you made about farmers who were being secretly filmed as they went about their daily work on pig and poultry farms. At that time the farmers were complaining about animal welfare activists secretly breaking into farms and planting video surveillance equipment in the hope of obtaining footage of farmers mistreating their animals.  View the rest of the post here
 
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The changing face of Australian agriculture.

Mick Keogh - Monday, September 26, 2016

The average Australian farmer now manages a business with an asset value of close to five million dollars, and is now spending an increasing amount of time managing staff and talking to technical advisors, rather than actually doing all the physical work on the farm. These two changes have significant implications when considering what skills the 'average' farmer will need in the future, and how new farmers will get a start in the sector. View the rest of the post here

 
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Is an Australia-UK trade agreement more cultural cringe than commercial reality?

Mick Keogh - Monday, September 19, 2016

In the wake of the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, there has been some speculation that the move will create opportunities for Australia, and that serious efforts should be made to negotiate a free trade deal between the UK and Australia. From the perspective of Australian agriculture, the proposal makes little sense and there appears to be much bigger trade opportunities much closer to home that need pursuing. View the rest of the post here

 
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Carbon now worth more than $190 million annually for farmers

Mick Keogh - Friday, August 26, 2016

The farm sector is one of the major beneficiaries of the Australian Government's Emission Reduction Fund auction process, and the annual revenue being generated by landholders continues to grow - seemingly under the radar. While there is some uncertainty about what might happen when funds currently allocated to this process have been all utilised, there is no doubt that it has created new opportunities for many landholders who will continue to reap the benefits for years to come. View the rest of the post here

 
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The distortions and mistruths about land clearing just keep on coming

Mick Keogh - Monday, August 15, 2016

Debates in Australia about land clearing are seemingly unending, in part due to the failure of many involved to recognise some basic truths, and in part due to the very significant divide between media reports about the issue, and what the available statistics actually say about land clearing rates. View the rest of the post here

 
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Is it time agricultural risk was shared along the supply chain?

Mick Keogh - Saturday, July 30, 2016

One of the most interesting responses to the recent dramatic and retrospective price reductions in the dairy sector has been the disbelief expressed by senior executives in sectors such as banking, manufacturing, transport and IT about the extent to which major processors in the dairy sector can simply put all the price risk onto dairy farmers, and even retrospectively change the price those farmers are paid. View the rest of the post here

 
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