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Farm Policy Journal: Vol 17 No 3 2020 Spring - Full Journal - Leveraging Australian agriculture’s competitive edge

Australian Farm Institute (2020), Leveraging Australian agriculture’s competitive edge, Farm Policy Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, Spring 2020, Surry Hills, Australia.

ISSN 1449–2210 (Print)
ISSN 1449–8812 (Web)

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FPJ1703B - Greenville, J, Duver, A & Bruce, M (2020), Playing to advantages: Raw agricultural product exports driving value creation in Australia

FPJ1703B - Greenville, J, Duver, A & Bruce, M (2020), Playing to advantages: Raw agricultural product  exports driving value creation in Australia, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 17, no. 3, Spring 2020, pp. 4-16, Surry Hills, Australia.

Australian agriculture has benefited significantly from increasing our exports in areas of competitive advantage. This has been reflected in a focus on exports of raw agricultural products (such as grains, live animals, wool, and fruits and vegetables), along with minimally transformed products such as meat. This position has led to as good, if not stronger, export performance and value creation for the Australian economy than would have likely otherwise occurred. In future, new opportunities for value creation may arise by shifting this balance. Market access, responding to emerging consumer preferences and access to imported inputs (agricultural and others) will be important for accessing these opportunities. Nevertheless, it is likely that Australia will continue to drive value creation through trade in raw products. 

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FPJ1703C - Keogh, M (2020), Challenges and opportunities of premium markets in agriculture

FPJ1703C - Keogh, M (2020), Challenges and opportunities of premium markets in agriculture, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 17, no. 3, Spring 2020, pp. 18-25, Surry Hills, Australia.

ACCC Deputy Chair, Mick Keogh, delivered a keynote address to the International Farm Management Conference on the 4 March 2019, where he spoke about the challenges and opportunities of premium markets in agriculture.
Consumer trust should be a major focus for Australia’s agriculture sector as farmers increasingly target premium markets for their produce. Most of the growth in the total value of Australian agricultural output in recent decades has come from an increase in the average value of products, rather than an increase in the volume of output. Australian farmers and processors have increasingly altered their production and processing systems in order to target higher value or premium markets. 
It is important for the agriculture sector to ensure there are robust checks and balances in place so that consumers are getting the premium products they are paying for. The integrity of premium claims needs careful consideration to ensure consumers retain their trust in premium products. National information standards, similar to the one used for free range eggs, which outline minimum requirements when making certain premium claims could be beneficial to the industry.

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FPJ1703D - Kingwell, R (2020), Australia’s role in global grain trade

FPJ1703D - Kingwell, R (2020), Australia’s role in global grain trade, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 17, no. 3, Spring 2020, pp. 26-35, Surry Hills, Australia.

Australia’s grains industry is buffeted by climate variability which weakens its ability to be a reliable grain exporter. Yet Australian grain production remains sufficiently efficient to allow the industry to stay strongly focused on exporting. This means the industry is trade-exposed, so it constantly needs to balance market downside risks against commercial upsides, whilst exploring opportunities to diversify its market exposure. Australia sells the bulk of its grain to a handful of markets and to-date that has been the most lucrative use of Australian grain. Yet because Australia is likely to be an increasingly minor player in global grain markets, plausible future features of Australia’s grains industry are a focus on serving strategically important markets, complemented by opportunism, and occasional rationing in years of widespread drought. To be skilful and agile in capturing future market opportunities will require coordinated action by the key agents in the Australian grains industry. Crucial will be access to market information and access to technical, economic and political insights and innovations that guide appropriate responses. Focused, coordinated actions will be required from market analysts, trade bureaucrats, scientists, advisers, crop breeders, grain traders and farmers. 

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FPJ1703E - Okello, A et al. (2020), Past success and future opportunities for Australian agricultural research, development and innovation in a globalised world

FPJ1703E - Okello, A, Sanderson, T, Walker, D & Campbell, A (2020), Past success and future opportunities for Australian agricultural research, development and innovation in a globalised world, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 17, no. 3, Spring 2020, pp. 36-43, Surry Hills, Australia.

Australian agricultural outputs have a long-held global reputation for quality and safety, commanding high prices – and buoyed by strong trade relations – in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Underpinning the productivity of Australian agriculture is a robust agricultural innovation system, founded upon world-leading research and development capacity in industry groups and public research institutions. Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region look to the depth and breadth of Australian scientific expertise to assist the development of their own agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors. Through its contribution to more resilient and productive regional food systems across the region, Australian research and development partnerships generate important benefits back to Australia in terms of the regional economic stability and security, through more food secure neighbours. Pests and diseases in neighbouring countries also threaten Australia. Strong networks between Australian and international scientists play an important role in mitigating many biosecurity threats before they reach Australia, benefitting Australian industries as well as our international trade partners. The profound disruption caused by COVID-19 starkly exposes the links between food security and human and environmental health, highlighting the importance of sustainable agricultural systems. The role that Australian agriculture can play in the recovery and long-term economic stability of the broader Asia-Pacific region underlines the importance of continued investment in Australian agricultural research, and in science partnerships across our region more broadly, to better tackle shared problems.  










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