Old MacDonald sold the farm: so what's the future for agriculture?

Turnour, Jim (2014) Old MacDonald sold the farm: so what's the future for agriculture? The Conversation, 12 February 2014.

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When most Australians think about farmers, one image still springs to mind: a family in Akubras and Blundstones, battling the elements with a Blue Heeler by their side. That's still the image invoked by politicians when calling for more financial support for farmers, including for a new drought package discussed inside the Coalition party room yesterday.

Yet that traditional farmer family is fast being replaced by corporate agriculture, as Deloitte recently explained in their report Positioning for Prosperity. It described "agribusiness" as a forgotten hero of Australia’s economy.

So it is timely that the Abbott government is developing a new agricultural competitiveness policy, with an issues paper now available for public comment until 17 April.

Item ID: 31327
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: agriculture, farming, agribusiness, agricultural exports, farmers
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2014 05:09
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness @ 80%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960504 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 30%
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