In addition, better data on where agricultural R, D&E investment is occurring will help to direct public funds to ensure critical capacity is maintained.This report estimates that the unconstrained implementation of decision agriculture would result in a lift in the gross value of agricultural (including forestry and fisheries) production of .3 Billion (a 25% increase on 2014–15 levels) and would have major flow-on effects to other parts of the economy.Trade remains as crucial as ever to the agriculture sector in Australia.
The impacts of climate change are exacerbating the complexity of risk management both directly and indirectly throughout supply chains, and institutional risk is emerging as a serious concern.
Data on the cost of energy to Australian agriculture is surprisingly sparse.
To minimise the severity of projected impacts of the warming trend caused by increased greenhouse gas levels, the sector has an imperative to continue efforts in emissions mitigation and to accelerate cross-industry progress.
Lack of access to reliable and robust statistics about agriculture is a continuing frustration for many in the industry.
The data has been built into the Energy Cost Calculator which can be used to model the impact of energy price changes on Australian agriculture.
If Australian agriculture is to remain competitive, partnerships between private- and public-sector agricultural research, development and extension (R, D&E) investors must be fostered.This report presents the results and recommendations of research recently undertaken by the Australian Farm Institute.This includes a review of national and international animal welfare science and policies.Climate change is a ‘wicked problem’ representing not only a threat to the Australian agricultural sector’s profitability and international competitiveness but also to our long-term food security and the viability of some regional communities.The agriculture sector is both vulnerable to and partially responsible for the heightened challenges brought about by climate change.However, it is also evident that the Australian farm sector has continued to grow despite the absence of significant Government support and a limited range of commercial risk mitigation products.While good farm business practice has been effective in driving a strong and resilient agricultural economy, there is no room for complacency as the sector squares up to some significant new challenges and an accelerating pace of changing risk exposure.This research will help guide ongoing investments by government and RDCs in areas that reduce current barriers to decision agriculture.It will also assist with targeting investments in areas in which there is a strong business case or high-impact productivity and profitability benefits for decision agriculture.This was confined to the most recent publications and focused in particular on publications detailing approaches being adopted by major international agencies, and by the major bioscience organisations that service the grains industry both in Australia and internationally.This research involved a review of the various ways in which public-sector grains extension systems currently operate in different Australian jurisdictions.